Ipswich Town fan Zach Ward says: ‘We had our Middlesbrough and Derby moment but we blew it’

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  • Ipswich Town have spent big money since Evans’ arrival
  • But Magilton, Keane and Jewell didn’t deliver on big budgets
  • Now we’re stifled by Financial Fair Play
  • Under Evans and McCarthy, we are in safe hands
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I’m really pleased I’ve got the chance to write this week’s column. I’m jumping to the defence of our owner Marcus Evans.

Let me run a few transfers by you since Evans bought the club in 2007: Lee Martin, £1.5m; David Norris, £2.25m; Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, £1.5m; Tamas Priskin, £1.75m; Grant Leadbitter, £2.6m; Paul Taylor, £1.75m. We’ve had some freebies on big wages too, including Jimmy Bullard and Lee Bowyer.

Evans has been criticised for an apparent lack of backing for our manager. There’s no doubting Mick McCarthy is the best he has hired and he has operated on a shoestring from the get-go.

Evans has been criticised for an apparent lack of backing for our manager. There’s no doubting Mick McCarthy is the best he has hired and he has operated on a shoestring from the get-go.

Who benefits most from Ipswich Town going up?

It’s Evans.

The club enjoys the vast sums of money the Premier League will offer from next season — in excess of £100m. He goes some way to getting his investment back, his name on shirts and hoardings get greater international exposure and, if he chose to one day walk away, ITFC is far more appealing to a potential buyer.

Last year his wealth rose to more than £760 million. So why wouldn’t he invest as little as half a percent (£3.8m) to help pound-for-pound one of the best managers out there to help us reach the ever-growing pot of gold that top division football provides?

To me, the logical answer screams Financial Fair Play (FFP). Bear in mind he has taken on a debt which rose to £87 million last year, and pumps money to cover running costs into the club each season. We had our Derby and Middlesbrough moment, under the stewardship of Jim Magilton, Roy Keane and Paul Jewell but we blew it.

We’re not a Blackpool or a Portsmouth. We’re in safe hands...