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New Ipswich Town CEO Mark Ashton looking to deliver first of Paul Cook's transfer targets in next few weeks

He is only in his first day in the role as Ipswich Town's new CEO but Mark Ashton has revealed he expects to see new signings arriving at Portman Road 'over the next few weeks'.

Having just joined from Championship club Bristol City, he met his new staff today before conducting interviews with local and national media.

In an interview with iFollow Ipswich, he discussed his decision to come to Portman Road, the vision he and other board members have for the club, and potential arrivals over the next couple of months.

New Ipswich Town CEO Mark Ashton on his first day in the job at Portman Road Picture: ITFC
New Ipswich Town CEO Mark Ashton on his first day in the job at Portman Road Picture: ITFC

"I'm delighted to finally be here for my first day and on site meeting staff," said the former West Bromwich Albion player who moved into various executive roles at the west Midlands club.

"This is an opportunity to be excited about and I'm looking forward to getting on with the job now.

"We spoke to staff this morning and that was really nice to be properly introduced and see everyone - it helped us put names to faces.

"Paul (Cook, manager) is very clear on who he wants to bring in on the player front and we are very much in the market to get people in.

"I will lead that process with Paul and hopefully, over the next few weeks, we will start to see some new faces arriving at Portman Road.

"Day-to-day pre-season is set as well, so we will continue to announce fixtures in due course, but it's all in place."

It is set to be a busy summer for the Blues after eight players were released the end of the season while other squad members have reportedly been told they can find other clubs.

Chief operating officer appointed

Meanwhile, Town have announced Luke Werhun has joined the club as chief operating officer.

He previously worked with Ashton at Bristol City, where he was in the role of chief operating officer and club secretary.

He departs Ashton Gate having spent five years with The Robins.

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