Bakay and Detmer at Portman Road for the first time – Ipswich Town News


Bakay and Detmer at Portman Road for the first time
Friday December 17, 2021 6:23 PM

US Blues investors Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer will watch a game at Portman Road for the first time when Town takes on Sunderland on Saturday and have already met new manager Kieran McKenna.

Bakay and Detmer were expected to be joined by fellow Three Lion Brett Johnson and Ed Schwartz, the CEO of ORG, who manages the funds on behalf of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System ( PSPRS), the ultimate owners of the club, as well as Mark Steed, the PSPRS investment manager, however, due to Covid’s current travel restrictions, they remained in the United States.

Bakay is delighted to have made it to Portman Road eight months after the takeover, and for a big day at the club with the unveiling of the Kevin Beattie statue and a crowd of 29,000 watching the game against Sunderland.

“What a historic day tomorrow will be,” he told the club website. “I’m incredibly happy to be here with Mark and our families, our wives and our children, so happy to be here.

“We had a wonderful stadium tour today and we’re soaking up all of that. [I’m a] footballer who has been around the world, what a special place it is.

“I can’t believe it took me so long to be here, but I guess I couldn’t have planned between our new manager and a massive game tomorrow with almost 30,000 fans, to be here a special day. Extremely excited to be here.

Detmer has fully enjoyed his time in Suffolk so far: “It has been spectacular. To have our wives, our kids here unfortunately Brett, Ed and Mark couldn’t be here but we are so happy to represent the group of owners in Ipswich.

“We loved the city, we went to the stadium today from the hotel just to enjoy it more. We have walked through the stadium several times today.

“We had the chance to meet Kieran the new manager and we are just delighted that he is with us and the plan here is, we all know, is to keep winning games and the 30,000 that will be there tomorrow, I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this event as a whole.

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Europablue added 18:37 – dec 17

They must stop using the name “three lions”, it is reserved for the England national team


Gforce added 19:35 – dec 17

Welcome guys from Ipswich, hope the team gives you a result and an unforgettable day
And don’t forget to take a short stroll along the Ipswich seafront, it will remind you of LA’s best marina.

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