SIMON Clegg revealed his regret over the sale of Championship hot-shot Jordan Rhodes but has defended the Blues’ transfer policy, ahead of this weekend’s trip to Blackburn Rovers.

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Clegg, who stepped down as chief executive at Portman Road yesterday after almost four years, had been at Ipswich for just a matter of months when then-manager Roy Keane deemed Rhodes surplus to requirements.

More than 100 league and cup goals later, Rhodes, who was sold an undisclosed six-figure fee, eventually rising to around £1.4m, is comfortably justifying his £8m summer transfer fee from Huddersfield to Blackburn, having already plundered 24 goals for his club and country this season.

Clegg left his role as Blues chief executive yesterday and admitted Rhodes’ success since leaving Portman Road was bittersweet.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing and with the benefit of that, yes, we would have kept him,” said Clegg, who joined the club in April 2009.

“Jordan has done incredibly well in League One and the Championship since leaving Ipswich and I hope he looks back on his time at Ipswich with fond memories.

“But let’s be clear, ever since myself and Marcus (Evans) have arrived at the club, we have trusted in the judgement in the manager.”

The sale of Rhodes has since been compounded by the club’s failure to sign a number of transfer targets, including Brighton goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak and prolific Burnley striker, Charlie Austin.

While Clegg admitted mistakes had been made, he was also keen to defend the club’s transfer policy.

“We have achieved with the vast majority of our targets and that reflects in the 73 players we have signed during my time at the club,” he added.

“Some (signings) have been outside the financial wherewithal that we could afford and maybe some players came here using the club as a stalking horse to get a better deal somewhere else.

“The easy thing would be to point the finger at Marcus Evans and say that he has not invested but you can’t do that.

“There has been no lack of investment but for whatever reason, many of the players have not gelled in the way we needed and not played with consistency.

“I recognise as chief executive and chairman though that the fans need to vent their frustration on someone and I have been their focus.

“But that goes with the job.”

17 comments

  • Quite right Ted. Most of us have been involved with or watched footy for years and years and it was always evident to me (although fans know nothing to quote PJ) that Rhodes was a natural goal scorer even at the tender age when he was at ITFC. Hence obvious to me that he would naturally improve. Why the hell this could not be seen by the likes of Keane I will never understand. I can excuse SC for his part in this because he didn't make the decision, it was made by Keane and Keane alone.

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    bristan

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Well said Ted Maul !, that's exactly what I meant !, anybody with half a 'football brain' could have seen the enormous talent and skill that Rhodes had...................and wouldn't have let him go for peanuts ! You do not need hindsight to recognise Talent !, what you need is an understanding of football !, which I'm afraid Clegg just didn't have !

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • How can Simon Clegg say he achieved the majority of his targets? He says he has only missed 6 games home and away during his tenure. Did he actually watch any of these games? Presumably these targets were nothing to do with the quality of football us long suffering fans have had to endure, last week apart????

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    Ewan Dodds

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Steady on 'freedomf' - read what Simon Clegg said: 'Ever since myself and Marcus Evans arrived at the Club, we have trusted in the judgement in the manager.' So, no different to the way in which David Sheepshanks and John Cobbold operated. Just a great pity that Roy Keane's judgement was so horribly wrong.

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    Ian Williams

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Why all the fuss if we had kept him he would have been sold by Jewell anyway for a sizeable fee yes but would still not be wearing the town shirt. Any player of his goal scoring prowess would be sold remeber another youngster who went to sunderland, so do not think JR would be hitting the net for town.

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    finchk702

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I'm afraid "hindsight" doesn't wash. His record was that of a natural prolific goalscorer and the vast majority of Town fans had the "foresight" to know this was a dreadful mistake at the time.

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Hindsight is not a luxury you deserve. You were paid big money to make correct decisions. Did you query the sale of Rhodes? Did you query the release of Klug? No you sanctioned both, led down the garden path by an incompetent manager you were party to employing. I see you have even tried to gather favor by turning a blind eye to standing in the Northstand, you should have been lobbying for safer standing,that was your job not skulking in the Northstand. You even seem to think that running down contracts and losing players for nothing was some kind of masterplan!! You did nothing to stop the decline in gates and attract the young future supporters. You have the neck to take credit for the Academy,it was there and working well long before your arrival. Your legacy at ITFC is the nice newly painted turnstiles.Everything else you touched was a disaster.

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    mike blunt

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Frank - What's hindsight got to do with just knowing about football and knowing a players potential?

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    NB

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The Jordan Rhodes saga brings back very bad memories. Never given a proper run in the team by Keane, presumably due RK's declining relationship with Jordan's dad (Ipswich goalkeeping coach Malcolm Rhodes). Then to cap it all, sold for a relative pittance given his goal-scoring potential.A truly calamitous error that I for one highlighted to anyone who would listen at the time not just with 20:20 hindsight.Our puny goal-scoring record this season (Boro game excepted) just rubs it in for Town supporter.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • I trust the EADT hack noting down this unspeakable rubbish was treating these words of wisdom with howls of derision and laughing in Clegg's face? The man is and was a total embarrassment, swapping any credibility he had for an easy life and big salary fronting up the unjustifible antics of the invisible man. He did absolutely nothing - and his going means absolutely nothing.

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Regrets the Jordan Rhodes sale. Picture the scene on "Mastermind" Name; Simon Clegg. Specialised subject; Stating the bleeding obvious.

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    floridaboy1

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Isn't it strange that every supporter knew the sale of Jordan Rhodes was a bad idea without the need for hindsight!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Rhodes would never have been sold so early prior to Evans & Clegg. Evans has stabilised the club financially, we must not forget that. But ironically had Evans not been at the club Rhodes would have played and we would have sold him for £8 million. I think Evans has learnt the hard way and I would say he is learning from his mistakes. His biggest being appointing a none footballing CE!

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    Ando70

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • 73 players in 4 years !!!!!! Robson signed 14 in 13 years - doesn't that tell us something. A settled team - stability & confidence in the players is a better policy than simply bringing in the latest mercemaries. Oh yes - & it does help if you sign the right players ion the first place & don't get rid of your own home grown talent. Hardly rocket science but no real sign yet that ITFC are changing their overall policy ????

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Personally i think it just sums Roy Keane up as a manager by letting Jordan Rhodes go, Totally Clueless. So glad that the idiot is way down the road from ITFC

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    Binky

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • NB, I don't agree Rhodes was the player you claim he was when we sold him. He had potential but so did other players at 18 who never went onto make the grade. Robson turned away Gazza. These things happen. Get over it.

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    Tom

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • "Simon Clegg regrets Jordan Rhodes sale" Not half as much as us true Town supporters ! Every Saturday I look to see how many goals he has scored ! Lets face it Clegg was a disaster !, all admin but no real understanding of a football club or its needs !

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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