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Symonds and Milne to Be Named Joint MDs
Tuesday, 5th Feb 2013 12:44

TWTD understands that current board members Jonathan Symonds and Ian Milne are set to be named joint-managing directors of Town, in the wake of chief executive Simon Clegg’s departure. The Blues announced Clegg’s exit by mutual consent earlier today with members of the current board and owner Marcus Evans taking on a more hands-on role at Portman Road.

Both Symonds and Milne became directors of Town after Evans’s takeover at the end of 2007.

Symonds, 42, has been the chief information officer of the Marcus Evans Group since 1996 and is responsible for the strategy and the delivery of IT solutions for the Marcus Evans Group.

He has a degree in Business Information Systems and was previously in management roles with Apple Computers, Bacon and Woodrow and Global Communications.

Milne is a 60-year-old qualified solicitor, who joined the Marcus Evans Group in 2000, having previously been with drinks giant Diageo and Revlon International.

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ChrisMakin2012 added 12:48 - Feb 5
Symonds and Milne out.

Chop_Chop added 12:52 - Feb 5

itfchorry added 12:54 - Feb 5
Mick Mills or Simon Milton would be the best way forward.

hughesuk123 added 12:56 - Feb 5
clegg has gone ....all together HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN lalala , evans is going to be more hands on should have been like that from the beginning , only my opinion thou

ScottCandage added 12:58 - Feb 5
And their previous football experience is? I'm less than thrilled with these appointments.

Blaine96 added 13:00 - Feb 5
Never heard of these people before, What are they possibly going to bring into the Football side of things.

kerryblue added 13:01 - Feb 5
Nothing or nobody would be as bad as toerag clegg

carlisleaway added 13:03 - Feb 5
Although not in the Simon Clegg fan club, at least he attended the Supporters Forums and we were able to vent our feelings as to what was going on at the club to him.

Will Symonds and Milne be as elusive as Marcus Evans, keeping away from the fans and not facing up to the problems at the club.

Guthrum added 13:05 - Feb 5
Football experience? They've been Directors of a football club for over five years!

BossMan added 13:09 - Feb 5
Its not been clear who has been cocking things up at Portman Road but Clegg did look hot favourite. In league position terms we haven't progressed under Evans and maybe his more direct involvement might prove a positive thing.

Michael11 added 13:28 - Feb 5
Can anybody explain what they will actually be doing then? I thought Clegg was just gone and Evans to pull his finger out a bit more so what are these guys here for?

FenboyBlue added 13:29 - Feb 5
Does this mean McGoldrick and McLean are going back to their parent clubs ?

portman23 added 13:31 - Feb 5
hmmm, thought someone football minded would have been a good idea....

Keaneish added 13:32 - Feb 5
Anyone know if these guys have any shares in us that make up the remaining 12.5%? Doesn't really make a difference if they do or not, just curious!

cambsman added 13:40 - Feb 5
How long before we have some dilapidated turnstiles !!!!

nthstd added 13:43 - Feb 5
I had a few dealing with SImon Clegg and I found him a decent bloke. He was professional and business like. He may not have been the right person as far as footballing background was concerned and our ability to attract quality players seemed to suffer under his chairmanship, but he was always civil, polite and approachable. We should bear this in mind please.

Dale added 13:46 - Feb 5
Is that the same Ian Milne who played piano for Mungo Jerry in the 70's?

cooper4england added 13:48 - Feb 5
Sadly football is a business and these guys seem well qualified.

I dont think mccarthy is anyone's lap dog so hopefully this can be a good combination of passion and business nuance.

End of the day we can speculate all we like , proof will be in the award winning pies.

MaySixth added 13:52 - Feb 5
JS was instrumental in the McCarthy appointment.

Cheshire_Blue added 13:54 - Feb 5
Well,if SC knew nothing about football,a "Chief Information Officer" and a "Solicitor" will clearly be a vast improvement!

blueherts added 14:05 - Feb 5
Diageo , Bacon , Revlon , Woodrow and Apple - now if he can land some of them we can really go places

BoredWithThisNow added 14:15 - Feb 5
Cracking, because having 2 people in charge works so well:

David Owen and David Steel
Rafa Benitez and Roy Evans
Hicks and Gillett

Problems solved.

blueherts added 14:16 - Feb 5
Pitcher , Symonds and Milne - We now are really a 'professional set up ' Lawyers , Accountants and an IT Specialist ( that is INFO TECHNOLOGY) OR IS IT 'IPSWICH TOWN 'perhaps ll employed by the ME empire - We are going global already for our European expansion

bbkingsumday added 14:19 - Feb 5
I thought it was obvious from the previous story Clegg went to reduce the wage bill to help fit in with FFP, so we were never going to recruit another CEO. Someone needs to be in charge so it makes sense to give these guys extra responsibility.

warkway added 14:25 - Feb 5
so all ME has done is take out a layer of management. If ME makes the decisions and these two implement them then what is Clegg getting £150k a year for?

Nothing will change as a consequence of this.

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