Ipswich Town responds to ‘Chequebook FC’ label as ex-Portsmouth boss hit back at comments from Charlton Athletic, Rotherham United, Bolton Wanderers and Oxford United managers


And former Blues boss Paul Cook feels the other third-tier managers are focused on his current club because they act like the heavy hitters he sees as the Tractor Boys.

Cook and Ipswich general manager Mark Ashton has reacted to the ‘Chequebook FC’ brand as they carry out a truly impressive summer recruiting.

Ipswich this week spent the money to land George Edmundson from Rangers talking about an asking price of £ 1.5million and upfront charges of around £ 750,000, while Conor Chaplin arrived for 750,000 pound sterling.

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Other bosses such as Nigel Adkins of Charlton, Paul Warne of Rotherham and Karl Robinson of Oxford have all noticed Ipswich’s level of spending.

Speaking of “Chequebook FC” comments on a fan forum, Ashton said, “Paul and I laughed about it the other day, because someone pointed it out to us.

“I used the word player trading at the start of this and we have had a lot of players that have come out and we think we have good value for them in the current market and we are protected to move forward.

Ipswich boss Paul Cook. Image: Lewis Story / Getty Images

“It’s not just a percentage of sales, but also additional payouts on games, etc., so we’re happy with the deals we’ve made.

“What people forget is that we sold as well as bought. We have moved salaries tremendously because we have a set of salary protocols that we have to work on and adhere to. We need to.

“So we had to move to get in and moving some of the players was as difficult as getting them in.

“All we’re going to do is focus on ourselves. Ipswich Town is the priority.

“It makes me laugh because if people talk about us like that, we might relate to one or two.”

Cook echoed that statement and believes his club are simply acting the same as the most powerful teams in all divisions, after the club’s US takeover this year.

He added: “From a manager’s point of view, it’s always ironic when other managers talk about us.

“They always say we’re not interested in what other clubs are doing, but they’re talking about us.

“So they’re interested in what we’re doing.

“From a manager’s point of view, we will never focus on the other teams in our championship.

“We know that the great clubs historically have been in this league.

“When I was manager of Wigan, for example, Sunderland paid £ 4million for Will Grigg. Big clubs in divisions will be big clubs.

“So I think Ipswich Town is acting like a big club – and that’s exactly what we want to offer the fans.”

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