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Fans have 'accepted' Marcus Evans

PUBLISHED: 13:07 29 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 06 July 2010

IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg says that Blues fans have now become comfortable with the takeover by business mogul Marcus Evans.

Having been brought up supporting a club that was a quintessentially British outfit run by old Etonians, Town followers now find themselves in the 21st century with a reclusive billionaire owner and chairman who is based abroad for tax purposes.

IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg says that Blues fans have now become comfortable with the takeover by business mogul Marcus Evans.

Having been brought up supporting a club that was a quintessentially British outfit run by old Etonians, Town followers now find themselves in the 21st century with a reclusive billionaire owner and chairman who is based abroad for tax purposes.

Clegg, who took over as the public face of Ipswich Town two months ago, believes that this now presents no problem.

“There was an element of suspicion when Marcus took over,” said Clegg.

“But these have been allayed by the recent appointments of manager Roy Keane and myself.

“Marcus is an anti celebrity, and there is going to be no change in that situation.

“He is a highly successful businessman and there is no need for him to court publicity.

“From the feedback from fans who I have spoken to they are becoming a lot more comfortable with his position.

“This is a special part of the country, and this is showing.

“I can see the owner, manager and myself being a winning team and there is a very clear alignment in drive, commitment and energy.

“We have already formed a tight partnership.”

And Clegg now wants to see supporters making a contribution and what he calls the silent majority having their say.

“There is talk of a noisy minority among fans, but my challenge is to make the silent majority more vocal in the stadium on match days.

“Our followers can play a massive part and have a massive input.

“We will not win every game, but when things are not going particularly well, the atmosphere created in the stands can make such a big difference.

“I have a responsibility to this end and this is why I have taken time to talk to fan groups.”

And Clegg is majoring on making the most of Ipswich Town's link-up with local companies citing recent confirmation of a deal to give Southwold brewers Adnams pouring rights at Portman Road for the next five years.

“I was delighted to get this agreed,” said Clegg. “I plan to see this partnership come alive.

“It is part of the relationship to see it go beyond the norm. To go outside the box with creative thinking and to work hard and see partnerships come alive as not before.

“These are economically challenging times, but our commercial dealings are going well with excellent season ticket sales and renewed interest and excitement in the club.”

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