Owner Marcus Evans is absolutely right about the feel-good effect that manager Paul Lambert has brought to the club but can it last? The honeymoon is clearly over, with some supporters becoming more and more disenfranchised with the rotation system employed by Lambert and some decidedly adverse results. This is only natural of course but I believe we must ride this storm and move on – but not with someone else at the helm.
Lambert explained why he was so encouraged by what the owner had to say to him. ” The biggest compliment Marcus gave me the other night on the phone was ‘OK the results haven’t gone our way, but we’re still in a good place’ and that I’d given the club its heart back. That was the biggest compliment I’ve had in many a year,” he said. Evans is right. This is all down to Paul Lambert, and it is good to know that the owner recognises this.
And we must not forget what went before in the dark days of Mick McCarthy. Rapidly diminishing crowds. A massive disconnect between the fans and the manager. Thoroughly miserable football. We have come on leaps and bounds since then but Rome was not built in a day, and we will have to show a bit of patience when a wheel comes off the stagecoach from time to time.
In fairness to most of the Town faithful, patience has been in large supply and Lambert’s attitude towards the club and its supporters is one of the main reasons why. From day one he embraced this club and understands supporters frustrations because it is the supporters who pay his wages and the players too and have a right to air their view! And former players such as Terry Butcher, John Wark, Russell Osman, George Burley and Mick Mills are regular visitors to Playford Road these days which is an important link to our proud past.
The defeat to Lincoln yesterday was hugely disappointing but we did find the net three times and had it not been for some very poor decision making from keeper Will Norris when we were on top, we might just have gone on to win this game. Wycombe on Wednesday may well just define our season. A win there, against the current leaders who are struggling for form, might just give us the impetus to be upwardly-mobile once again.
F.W. – editor of Vital Ipswich