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It will take us 12 months to see what a difference we have in the new management strategy. The lack of long term injuries and our positive recruitment will show just how much of a smoke and mirrors show Ashton has performed at our club

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Anyone seen a farewell statement for Mark Ashton on the official site?

Seems a little odd if none has been posted.
 

Maybe the site just didn’t have the capacity to accommodate the one he wrote himself about all his successes, how he has propelled us up the table and how he built a strong, bonded squad of talented footballers.

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2 hours ago, RedRock said:

Anyone seen a farewell statement for Mark Ashton on the official site?

Ashton's leaving statement in full:

Dear Customers

It is with a heavy heart I leave Bristol, the football club I helped to found in 2015, to move on to pastures newer and greener.

From the early amateur days under Mr Steven Cotterill I and my staff, Mr Steven and Jon Lansdown, have transformed this club into the slick operation you see before you today.

I am personally responsible for every success during this period which includes highlights such as watching someone develop a new training ground and watching as my team beat Manchester United in the cup.

My off field activities were a total success with intra team ball playing person investment showing a percentage increase through external sales expenditure when measured against internal cost spends. This has helped to keep Bristol financially at the forefront of budget deployment.

My data analytics system, dubbed "DNA" by my followers has proved an outstanding success and with my medical team we were able to pioneer long player rest periods in some cases, of almost a season in length, to ensure of ball distribution staff were always fresh and ready to go.

I was absolutely delighted when the office staff, Steve,Jon and all the gang informed me they were naming the Bristol Stadium in my honour and I know that "Ashton's Great" will be a wonderful home for Bristol for many years to come.

So, as I leave Steve to run the club, I and my entire staff will be heading up the M4 towards Ipswich, confident of the outstanding humans we leave behind.

Sadly, it will be Ipswich not Bristol gracing the European Super League in five years time but I wish myself and my club every success until then 

Thank you for sending us your money.

Toodles

Mark

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8 hours ago, Midlands Robin said:

I especially love the part where Ashton repeatedly says he knows nothing about recruitment and that's not his job.

Unfortunately, one of the Town fans in the comments posted "he sounds like a proper CEO"

Did you make up both of those remarks? 

5 hours ago, Davefevs said:

I still have a feeling Cook won’t be there by the end of the window.

I have picked up on you repeating this. I follow your line of thinking but I wonder if you might have heard a little more than you care to divulge?

I suppose if players now start to come in, while he is still there, you could argue it's all hunky dory... Unless?!

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That interview was about as Ashton as it gets. The bloke really is full of shit. I actually laugh watching his interviews now, safe in the knowledge we are well rid of him. Those poor Ipswich fans have no idea what’s coming.

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3 hours ago, havanatopia said:

Did you make up both of those remarks? 

From the article:

What I don't do it, I don't do talent identification and I don't scout, I don't identify the players, I don't watch enough football to do that, it's not my skill set.

From the posts below it:

braveblue added 17:10 - Jun 1

Sounds like a proper CEO. Hopefully everyone can now see the previous jokes that Evans appointed.

So no, I didn't make them up. 

 

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16 hours ago, Silvio Dante said:

If anyone wants to reminisce or play bullshit bingo, full quotes from Ashton now on Ipswich sites. The recruitment piece is strangely familiar…

https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/40376/ashton-priority-is-to-get-some-players-in
 

 

He's set his stall out early. Getting the quotes in so that disgruntled fans can't point a finger at him with regard to players being recruited.

According to that interview he can only be judged on negotiating skills and keeping the books afloat.

Its almost like a parting message to us as well...in as much as this is what I did at City.

His quotes about clear messages as to how the team will play and type of player required hit a nerve. 

It'll be interesting to compare in the next few seasons our recruitment, sales and targets.

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https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/40375/ashton-too-big-an-opportunity-to-turn-down

Full on Bullshit Bingo here, but this bit stood out:

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Looking back on his five and a half years at Ashton Gate, he said: “An amazing time, amazing people. Amazing ownership and there was a group of people that build the stadium, I can’t take credit for that but there was a group of people behind the scenes that built an incredible stadium.

“The training ground was my project, I think we leave them with an incredible legacy in the academy with a production line of players, nine or 10 first-team debuts this season.

 

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The quote that struck me (in the context of buying a house 5 mins from Portman Road) ‘You can’t run football club remotely’. Spot on. Our owner lives in a different territory, while the chairman seems now to be domiciled in a different country. That’s why MA was given so much responsibility and authority. Not a likeable individual certainly but I think we might be in for a bit of a shock next season if we think that we can purge the club of him and his entire network while rebuilding a squad capable of a solid championship performance.

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5 minutes ago, Bedred31 said:

The quote that struck me (in the context of buying a house 5 mins from Portman Road) ‘You can’t run football club remotely’. Spot on. Our owner lives in a different territory, while the chairman seems now to be domiciled in a different country. That’s why MA was given so much responsibility and authority. Not a likeable individual certainly but I think we might be in for a bit of a shock next season if we think that we can purge the club of him and his entire network while rebuilding a squad capable of a solid championship performance.

I think the opposite. ‘He’ brought through Webster, Brownhill worked under Johnson prior, Kodjia/Flint were pre Ashton & Bryan/Kelly/Reid we’re academy and here many years before Ashton. 
 

He’s signed one good player out of 50, and his medical team and management forced Pearson into fielding children because our entire team was out due to his incompetence.

 

Total spin from the spin doctor.

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17 hours ago, Silvio Dante said:

If anyone wants to reminisce or play bullshit bingo, full quotes from Ashton now on Ipswich sites. The recruitment piece is strangely familiar…

https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-news/40376/ashton-priority-is-to-get-some-players-in
 

 

My god. The only way I can describe how this feels is it's like we've given Ipswich a Trojan Horse and they're singing and dancing around it 😬

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6 hours ago, havanatopia said:

Did you make up both of those remarks? 

I have picked up on you repeating this. I follow your line of thinking but I wonder if you might have heard a little more than you care to divulge?

I suppose if players now start to come in, while he is still there, you could argue it's all hunky dory... Unless?!

No, nothing ITK, just feel Cook is pretty principled and won’t stand MA BS.

3 hours ago, Oh Louie louie said:

Cook isnt a yes man, thats how he strikes me.

I cant see him lasting.

They certainly need to hit the ground running there.

Yep.

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I posted on the Ipswich town forum what they can expect from Ashton and Rolls.........some of them reckon that we’re looking for a scapegoat...........:dunno:

Almost, but not quite as ignorant as the Mackems forum..........:cool2:

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2 hours ago, Davefevs said:

No, nothing ITK, just feel Cook is pretty principled and won’t stand MA BS.

My gut feeling is that MA will have more power at Ipswich than he did here. 

LJ had the Lansdowns to protect him so to speak.

When you look at the owners, the links, backgrounds and people being employed, I would say MA has a more powerful position than Cook. And if push came to shove...MA would win.

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2 hours ago, Robbored said:

I posted on the Ipswich town forum what they can expect from Ashton and Rolls.........some of them reckon that we’re looking for a scapegoat...........:dunno:

Almost, but not quite as ignorant as the Mackems forum..........:cool2:

Jesus man, they’re about to suffer enough without you posting on their forum!

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1 hour ago, maxjak said:

MA..........."I'm itching to get started"   I almost feel sorry for Ipswich Town FC.  They have no idea of the Smarmy monster they have brought in to their fold?

Surely you've missed out the candidly sincere "Let me be clear..."  and the equally impressive "full and frank . . . " both staple fill ins to get the BS machine bleeping wildly.

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Can anyone else hear Mark Ashton's voice when they read through that article?!

Mind you, could only read the first few paragraphs.  Typical Ashton stuff - particularly where he starts a sentence with 'look'.  Argh.

Thank Bob that he's gone.

 

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3 hours ago, Robbored said:

I posted on the Ipswich town forum what they can expect from Ashton and Rolls.........some of them reckon that we’re looking for a scapegoat...........:dunno:

Almost, but not quite as ignorant as the Mackems forum..........:cool2:

Does the Sheff Wed forum know that you're 2 timing them with the Tractor Boys forum? Which sounds altogether more sinister and slightly suggestive!!

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4 hours ago, Davefevs said:

No, nothing ITK, just feel Cook is pretty principled and won’t stand MA BS.

Yep.

I can see Cook on his way early doors if Ipswich aren't top 4 after 10 then what price Lee Johnson to renew his relationship with MA after falling short at Sunderland.

Also noted in the interview at ITFC he mentions Werhun but doesn't say he is a relative [is it his nephew or cousin?]

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22 minutes ago, BanburyRed said:

Does the Sheff Wed forum know that you're 2 timing them with the Tractor Boys forum? Which sounds altogether more sinister and slightly suggestive!!

I feel that it’s an obligation to educate Owls and Tractor Boys fans when either have a link to Bristol City. It’s also useful to get their take on any players we might be linked with, Tom Lees for example.

I first visited the Tractor Boys forum when we signed Webster from them asking why they let him go - because they were skint is why................:dunno:

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1 hour ago, Robbored said:

I feel that it’s an obligation to educate Owls and Tractor Boys fans when either have a link to Bristol City. It’s also useful to get their take on any players we might be linked with, Tom Lees for example.

I first visited the Tractor Boys forum when we signed Webster from them asking why they let him go - because they were skint is why................:dunno:

Why would you believe their forum and not wait for the Ipswich OS???

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