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Marcus Evans: Ipswich Town owner reiterates club is 'not for sale'

Marcus Evans talks to Ipswich's media team back in April. Credit: Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans has reiterated that the club is "not for sale".

Evans, who has only done one interview on camera since buying the club a decade ago, made the comments in a rare Q&A on the club's official website.

Ipswich are currently bottom of the Championship and could be playing third tier football for the first time since 1957 next season, but Evans says that he has no intention of going anywhere.

"I would like to be very clear, the club is not for sale and nor do I want to sell the club. I will continue to do my absolute best for Ipswich Town," he said.

"However, if someone comes along who wants to follow a higher risk route, then if that what’s best for the club and the incoming party show they are in for the long haul, I would step aside if it is best for the club. It has to be the best for the Football Club though."

Paul Hurst was sacked by Ipswich in October. Credit: PA

Evans also insisted that he has no regrets over his decision to appoint Paul Hurst as manager in the summer.

Hurst was sacked in October after managing to win only one of his 14 Championship games in charge.

"I don’t regret the appointment as I think it was the right decision for the club at the time," said Evans.

"It was the decisions made after the appointment that I regret and in hindsight, which is a wonderful thing, I am sure both myself and Paul Hurst - who is a totally decent and hard working person by the way - would make different decisions if we had our time again. However, we are where we are."

Evans has already made it clear that current boss Paul Lambert will lead the club next season, regardless of whether he fails to save them from relegation or not, and he believes the future is already looking brighter.

Evans wants Paul Lambert to lead the club forward. Credit: PA

"I’ve already released a statement with Paul clarifying that Paul and I have agreed that this journey will continue wherever we play our football next season, which provides the vitally important stability and management that I’ve spoken about so many times," he said.

"We have a progressive, experienced manager determined to play football on the front foot with a support team and owner completely behind him. Let’s see where it takes us."

Meanwhile, Ipswich have loaned out winger Jordan Roberts to Lincoln City for the rest of the season.

Lincoln have also signed Peterborough United midfielder Mark O'Hara on a similar loan deal.