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Lambert to Attend PLC AGM
Tuesday, 13th Nov 2018 20:19

New boss Paul Lambert will join managing director Ian Milne and academy manager Lee O’Neill in answering questions from shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of the Ipswich Town PLC, which takes place in Portman Road's Sir Bobby Robson Suite on Tuesday 4th December (doors open 6.30pm, start 7.30pm).

The PLC owns 12.5 per cent of Ipswich Town Football Club Co Limited and consists of the club's shareholding prior to the takeover 11 years ago with Marcus Evans owning the other 87.5 per cent. The meeting is open only to shareholders or their proxies.

In addition to the PLC’s own accounts, shareholders are also provided with a summary of the club's accounts for the year to the end of June, which will also be posted on the official website.

In a letter to shareholders PLC chairman Roger Finbow writes: “It is perhaps an understatement to say that 2018 has been a challenging one for the club.

“We said goodbye to two managers: Mick McCarthy worked tirelessly over six seasons to achieve success for the club and I would like to place on record the board’s gratitude for the bonhomie he engendered and the results he produced.

“But sometimes change is a good thing, and there was widespread buy-in to Marcus Evans’s plan to recruit a young, modern, ambitious manager to drive the club forward.

“Unfortunately Paul Hurst was unable to produce the results that he and all of us hoped for; we wish him well in his future career.

“As I write this letter Paul Lambert has been in charge for only one match – but what an entertaining match it was. We look forward with optimism to moving up the league table to a place of safety over the coming months.

“At last year’s AGM we focused on the success of our academy in producing, year after year, crops of talented young players.

“The hopes we expressed then, that they would develop and flourish, have been well and truly confirmed this season, with our Under-23 development squad and our Under-18 team currently first and second in their respective leagues: and that’s without a number of our most talented boys – Tristan Nydam, Luke Woolfenden, Ben Morris, Chris Smith, Josh Emmanuel and Aaron Drinan, all of whom are currently out on loan but whom we hope to see more of later in the season.”

He added:”Sadly, 2018 also marked the passing of a number of the club’s greatest servants: Ted Phillips, Colin Harper, Bobby Ferguson and, of course, Kevin Beattie, for many the greatest player ever to play for the club.

“His loss was a shock to us all. He maintained a keen interest in the modern game and was a stalwart on Radio Suffolk’s Life’s a Pitch show, through which he had regular contact with today’s fans. Simply, he was one of us.

“I also want to pay tribute to the club’s captain, Luke Chambers. The role is often underplayed, especially when the going is good.

“But Luke has demonstrated what it means to be an effective captain in both good and bad times: with a hand on the shoulder of younger and less confident players, on and off the pitch; as a link between the coaching staff and the dressing room; as a spokesman and diplomat; and as an example on the pitch to the whole team with his determination and never say die approach.

“His leadership of the squad and his support for young players have been magnificent. On behalf of all of you, I congratulate him.

“Finally, a warm welcome on behalf of all shareholders to Paul Lambert and his coaching team.

“I am delighted that Paul will be with us at the AGM to answer your questions alongside Ian Milne and Lee O’Neill. We look forward to meeting as many shareholders as are able to make it on 4th December.”

Lambert, Milne and other members of club staff also recently answered questions from fans at the Supporters Club AGM.

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Carberry added 08:28 - Nov 14
If only decent and capable people like Roger were running our club off the pitch instead of the cowboys we have now.

Vic added 09:37 - Nov 14
Great words about Luke Chambers. Not sure I’ve ever read anything quite as grateful and fulsome in praise of a clubs captain before. Anywhere.

horsehollerer added 11:47 - Nov 14
Well done Roger. A fantastic letter. We are so lucky to have Luke Chambers.

blueboy1981 added 16:25 - Nov 14
True and accurate words in support of Chambers, don't think many could disagree - just a shame his playing ability isn't as impressive as his loyalty, and commitment, to all things ITFC.

Rock on Chambo.

NBVJohn added 21:13 - Nov 14
Bonhomie definition: cheerful, friendly, geniality. With respect not words I would use to describe Mick McCarthy. Combative, pragmatic, uncompromising would be nearer the mark, and like Roger Finbow I respect him for it. I am amused by his choice of word!

In relation to Luke Chambers I couldn’t agree more. I think the supporters owe Luke a great deal of gratitude for the way he has gone about his role as captain in the last few months.

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