By Stuart Watson
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
TODAY the East Anglian Daily Times asks you, has Marcus Evans been good for Ipswich Town Football Club?
Friday marks the 10th anniversary of Ipswich Town’s relegation from the Premier League, with the Blues set to be the Championship’s longest serving club next season.
The last four and half of those seasons have been under the ownership of the wealthy, but reclusive Marcus Evans.
When he first took over in December 2007, the Blues were fifth in the table. Since then, the final league table finishes achieved during his regime reads eighth, ninth, 15th, 13th and 15th.
Jim Magilton and Roy Keane were both given little over a year by Evans before receiving the sack, with him now saying that he will give Paul Jewell time to get things right after an inauspicious start to life at Portman Road.
Not a single players has been bought and then sold for profit during the Evans era, with key players such as Gareth McAuley, David Norris and Grant Leadbitter all leaving on Bosman free transfers.
Youngsters such as Jordan Rhodes and Liam Trotter have flourished since leaving the Blues, while there has been much controversy surrounding the decision to apply for ‘Category Two’ academy status.
Without Evans’ investment though, the club – which was struggling to deal with the losses being made under previous chairman David Sheepshanks – might arguably be in a far worse position.
The East Anglian Daily Times will publish a discussion on this topic on Friday and we’d love to include your views.
Has the club changed under the Evans regime? Has any progress been made since he took over? Does it bother you that the club’s owner prefers to remain out of the public eye?
Either post your comments below, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.