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9 April 2021

"We want to put a winning team on the pitch as soon as possible"

Brett Johnson says that, while promotion to the Championship is the immediate target, he and the new owners of Ipswich Town have aspirations of a return to Premier League football for the Club.

He, alongside fellow Americans Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer, make up the Three Lions fund which are part of Town's new owners, Gamechanger 20 Ltd.

The Three Lions are also part of the ownership group of Arizona-based side Phoenix Rising FC, with Brett admitting that being involved in English football has long been a goal for him and his partners.

He said: "We want to put the club back on its rightful pedestal. The Championship is absolutely our goal, but I don't know anyone who invests in English football who doesn't have the aspiration to get to the Premier League.

"I don't want to be shy in saying that we want to put a winning team on the pitch as soon as possible.

"This is not an ego play for me. I know this is not for the faint hearted and we have not entered into this lightly. 

"I'm invested in this to succeed. I bring partners in to succeed and success, to me, means winning. 

"The ultimate place to be when it comes to football is England, so this is a dream for me. I come here with complete reverence and humility and hope to make everyone proud."

An exclusive interview with Brett, as well as his full press conference alongside Town chairman Mike O'Leary, is available to watch on iFollow Ipswich.

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