Catch up on what was said in our Marcus Evans webchat special

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans. Photo: Pagepix

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans. Photo: Pagepix - Credit: Warren Page

Today marks the 10th anniversary of Marcus Evans completing his takeover of Ipswich Town.

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EADT and Ipswich Star chief football writer Stuart Watson held a special webchat this lunchtime.

Jim Magilton, Roy Keane, Paul Jewell and Mick McCarthy have all been managers during the last decade, with Town finishing anywhere between sixth and 16th in the Championship table.

Evans struck a deal to purchased £32m of debts from Aviva and Barclays Banks at a reduced price – reports of 20p in the pound – and spent big in the first few years seeking a rapid promotion to the Premier League.

Keane and Jewell wasted transfer funds on big-money flops such as Tamas Priskin, Lee Martin, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Paul Taylor, with Evans subsequently tightening the purse strings for the last five years of what has generally been over-achievement under McCarthy.


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Debts – owed exclusively to Evans – have risen to £89m, with annual losses, on average, between £6-7m.

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