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2 June 2021

CEO on Club's potential and importance of establishing the right structure behind the scenes

Mark Ashton admits that the decision to leave Bristol City was difficult but believes that there is a chance to build something special at Town.

The Club's chief executive officer officially joined yesterday (Tuesday, 1 June) and held a staff meeting in the FanZone before conducting interviews with iFollow Ipswich and the external media.

Mark, who also discussed the ongoing process of recruiting players, opened up on his move to Portman Road.

"It was a very difficult decision to leave Bristol City," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"The opportunity is fantastic and the potential is incredible, though. I’m a builder; I like to work with departments, I like to build teams and I like to build clubs.

"I think this is a fantastic opportunity to build something really, really special. I’m really excited to be here."

Chief operating officer Luke Werhun has also made the move to Suffolk from The Robins, while Mark has previously worked with chairman Mike O'Leary and has an established relationship with The Three Lions, who make up part of owners Gamechanger 20 Ltd.

Town's CEO stressed the importance of having a shared vision and establishing the best possible structure behind the scenes to take the Football Club forwards.

He continued: "We’ve all known each other for a very long time. We know how we operate and the standards that we set. We know the way we work and the pace at which we work.

"One thing you can guarantee in businesses and in particular football clubs is that, if it’s not right at the top, then the clubs and the businesses will flounder. We are absolutely right at the top.

"We have a shared vision and a common language on what we want to achieve and how we want to go about it.  We’re custodians of this football club. This football club will be here long after we’re gone. It’s our job to make sure we leave it in a far better state than we found it. We are all absolutely aligned on delivering that. We’ve got good people on board. 

"We’ll get decisions right on the way through and we’ll get decisions wrong; that’s just the way things happen. The one thing I can guarantee staff, and key stakeholders in this football club, is that you will get 100% commitment from me. I will be all in to helping build this football club and taking it forward."

Watch the full interview with Mark on iFollow Ipswich.

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