Despite being one of the busier Championship teams in the transfer window ahead of the new season Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg admits that these are 'testing' times for the Suffolk club.
Paul Jewell's side are largely expected to be one of the front-runners in the Championship next season but Clegg admits that the club must improve on recent years if they are to progress and has targeted a return to the Premier League - the sooner the better.
"We only survive because Marcus Evans can afford to put in £4m or £5m of his own money every year to keep the club afloat," Clegg told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"That is testing on anyone's pockets, however deep they are. Marcus is hugely committed to the club, continues to be very enthusiastic and is prepared to continue to support the manager.
"The longer it takes us to get into the Premiership the harder it will become, particularly with the increase of parachute payments going from two years to four years."
Ipswich's highest position over the last four years was eighth in 2007/08.