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Clegg Planning to Stay in Sport
Wednesday, 6th Feb 2013 06:00

Simon Clegg says he plans to return home to Surrey and reacquaint himself with his family now that his four-year stint as Town chief executive is at an end. He will then take a holiday before looking for another role in sport.

Clegg, who spent six days a week in Suffolk during his time with the Blues, told TWTD: “I’m going to go back and reacquaint myself with my family and that will probably take a couple of weeks, by which time my wife will have had enough of me and be kicking me out of the door and telling me to go and find another job.

“I’m going to take a long holiday. I’m being operated on here in Ipswich next Tuesday and I’ll get some recovery from that, a long holiday, and then look to find the right opportunity.”

He was quick to rule himself out of the running for one role: “I had an amusing text from one of my colleagues at a Football League club asking me if it was true that I was joining up with Roy Keane and going to Nottingham Forest. I can quash that rumour straight away!

“Whether it’s in international sport, whether it’s in domestic sport, I’m still young enough, fit enough and hungry enough to aspire to another big job going forward. Whether that’s in football, Olympic sport or another sport, who knows?”

Owner Marcus Evans, who already handled most of Town's transfer business, is planning to become more involved with the club on a day-to-day basis with current board members Ian Milne and Jonathan Symonds becoming joint-managing directors, a decision Clegg says was partly motivated by the new Financial Fair Play rules: “First of all, it’s my decision to go but he has seen it as an opportunity to make some savings by not replacing me on a like-for-like basis.”

He believes the new situation will develop as it becomes established: “We need to see how the whole thing settles down and how much of a hands-on role Marcus is going to play. The position going forward is that there are going to be two joint-managing directors.”

How much of his time Evans plans to spend at the club Clegg was unable to confirm: “I can’t answer that, that’s a question you’ll have to put to him, although somehow I’m not convinced he’s going to be sat in front of you in this seat going forward.”

Whether either of the joint-managing directors will take on a more public role Clegg was similarly unsure: “I think you’ll have discuss that with them.”

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Dissboyitfc added 07:56 - Feb 6
Respect to the guy, i didnt like the way he appeared to do somethings, thats true. But what is also very evident is the dedication and the tremendous amount of hard work Clegg put in to ITFC.... Unfortunately that hard work work never achieved the desired results and 4 years have seen very little improvement. He was wrongly accused of everything that went wrong at itfc,( in my opinion). he was after all the public face for marcus evans, the decision maker.

I wish him well.... COYB

Cheshire_Blue added 09:50 - Feb 6
Could have gone home to his family every night if he had moved them to Suffolk. That is why I am in Cheshire and make a 500 mile round trip to most home matches.

brittaniaman added 10:03 - Feb 6
It is true Cheshire Blue !! he could have bought The Dark Lords house in Woodbridge,
that would have been convenient for him and his family ?????

itfc1981 added 16:29 - Feb 6
I think Guam might have a vacancy.

ChrisMakin2012 added 17:07 - Feb 6

JWM added 13:52 - Feb 7
Good luck to him!

I just wish he would stop ending sentences with the phrase "moving forward" or "going forward". God that is so annoying and comes directly out of the modern day corporate bible!

Karlosfandangal added 17:00 - Feb 7
Shocked in a way to find out he had signed 75 players, yet on here there was lots of he cant sign anyone.
Goes to show how poor the managers idenfication of players were to take us forward, However Mr Evans and Mr Clegg were the people who brought them in, but proves they will back the manager which will only help McCarthy

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