‘Will quietly be rubbing his hands together’ – These Ipswich fans aren’t convinced by owner’s recent statement

Yesterday saw clubs in League One and League Two vote to bring in a salary cap, restricting clubs to £2.5m and £1.5m budgets in their respective leagues.

It’s been met with reaction from both sides of the argument, from smaller clubs that believe it makes divisions a little fairer, to those bigger sides at the top of League One who will be severely restricted by the news. One club, Ipswich Town, are going to be hampered in their attempts to recruit this summer as a result, accoridng to their chairman Marcus Evans.


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Evans, who saw his side finish in midtable in their first foray out of the top two divisons for over fifty years, claims that the Blues will not be able to invest as they had hoped this summer as a result. They are the only side in League One yet to recruit a player, and that might be the case for a while if Evans is to be believed.

“I have said before that I think football needs to press the re-set button in terms of some of the financial aspects of the game but we were against the introduction of the salary cap in this format at this stage,” he told the club’s official site.

“It restricts our reinvestment considerably. However a decision has been made by the majority of clubs. We accept it and will deal with it going forward. All clubs are in the same boat so wages are going to be facing a downward pressure. It will take a little time for agents and players to realise that clubs just can’t pay more and start to accept the reality of these new levels.”

That sort of talk will not be popular with Ipswich fans, who feel last season was a disappointment after they led the table at one stage. Paul Lambert, the manager who helped take them out of the Championship, remains in charge and this is just another aspect of their current plight casuing concern and consternation. There is a feeling amongst some, as you’ll see below, that not being able to spend money actually plays into the hands of an owner who has because increasingly unpopular in some corners of Portman Road.


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