Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert clashes with his players in the dressing room with his job at risk according to reports emerging.
The 51 year old is under growing pressure at the Tractorboys amid a dressing room mutiny, Football Insider have revealed, and now a group of fans are urging him to be sacked.
The club, who sit 8th in the League One table after losing 3-2 against Swindon at the weekend, are considering potential replacements as they weigh up giving him the chop this month.
Sources at Portman Road have told Football Insider that there is growing unrest with relationships between Lambert and some of the senior players are ‘fractured’.
The South West Branch of the Ipswich Town Supporters’ Club calls for manager Paul Lambert to be sacked – see the statement below..
“It is with a heavy heart that the Ipswich Town South West Supporters Branch are calling for Paul Lambert to be replaced as manager.
“Our branch was not formed to make statements like this.
“We are a large group of ITFC exiles based from Swindon down to Cornwall who have collectively followed Ipswich Town for many hundreds of years.
“We have nothing against Paul Lambert personally, and we acknowledge the good work he undertook to reconnect the club with its supporters at the start of his tenure.
“We also have nothing against Marcus Evans’ idea of a long-term plan, or the principle of the club instilling a playing style throughout all its teams. We are, after all, a football club whose reputation was built on playing football the right way. After many years lacking an identity or style, we badly need one.
“Paul Lambert failed to get us challenging for promotion last season and we still fail to be competitive against ‘promotion rivals’ and teams in the upper part of the table. Wins against lower-placed sides are often unconvincing.
“Our possession-based football regularly fails to turn into chances or goals. Despite forcing multiple set pieces in the attacking half, we rarely trouble the opposition keeper. We see little evidence of Paul Lambert instigating a dynamic, high-tempo, tactically sustainable plan on the pitch. The playing style he directs makes us easy to play against and easy to beat. Substitutions are often made too late with the manager seemingly unable or unwilling to react in a timely way to exploit and counter opposition tactical formations.
“Above all, we see a group of very promising young players and some experienced pros – most of whom have spent their careers playing above League One – struggling to sustain a promotion bid at a level the club was last familiar with in the 1950s.
“While blame can also be placed at the door of underperforming players – who need to take their share of responsibility for the club’s current position – and on coaching and training, the club’s playing philosophy is the responsibility of one man and his staff, and that man has to be held accountable.
“The fanbase and the infrastructure are there and our traditionally patient supporters will again rally behind a manager once the team starts going places. Our view, as this season follows the pattern of the last one, is that Paul Lambert is not the man to see that potential realised and Marcus Evans should take decisive action before the financial implications of the League One wage cap is felt to even more effect next season.
“Halfway through our second season in League One, nothing in Paul Lambert’s current plans and in-game management reassure us that he is the right man for the job.
“We urge the owner to act now so that a new manager has time to impose a playing style consistent with a realistic promotion bid.”
It was at the beginning of December that fans were left furious after it was alleged that the manager urged Ipswich Town to ban TWTD (fan forum) legend and great supporter of the club Phil Ham from attending press conferences.
Now the Ipswich manager clashes with players in the dressing room causing tension.
A post was put up by the fan on TWTD.co.uk and it’s caused widespread anger on social media, which you can see below.
The post from ‘Banhammer!’ read: “It is true that PL has banned me from press conferences. I’ve been hoping the matter would be resolved before it became public, although I think it has been mentioned a few times here and there.
“Contrary to suggestions in an earlier thread, its nothing I’ve written but because someone posted the team for the Lincoln game on here on the morning of the match.
“This was reported to the management, Stuart Taylor spoke to me about it after the game, then a few days later at the Gillingham match I was told Paul Lambert had banned me. I’ve had a few chats with people at the club since then but the situation is currently unchanged.
“While I have sympathy for PL not being happy with the team being posted – I am aware that managers don’t like their teams being leaked and have asked posters not to do so previously – I’m not sure how I can be seen as culpable for user content, particularly when it wasn’t brought to my attention when it was first noticed.
“I did subsequently PM the poster involved who apologised to both me and the club, which I relayed.
We have been able to use the material from press conferences even if I’ve not been present and I’ve been grateful for the support of the other members of the local media. Hopefully the matter will be resolved sooner rather than later.”
— Mark Murphy (@MarkGlennMurphy) November 28, 2020
This was published onto Twitter by BBC Radio Suffolk radio presenter Mark Murphy, who wrote: “This is just not good enough. No clue, no passion. Why so many injuries? Banning a journalist! This is not the @IpswichTown I know.
“… @IpswichTown have taken it upon themselves to ban @twtduk legend and great supporter of @IpswichTown Phil Ham. A journalist doing his job. Come on Town you need the local media, the nationals certainly aren’t interested!”
.. @IpswichTown have taken it upon themselves to ban @twtduk legend and great supporter of @IpswichTown Phil Ham. A journalist doing his job. Come on Town you need the local media, the nationals certainly aren’t interested! https://t.co/jTxYUMLx4u
— Mark Murphy (@MarkGlennMurphy) November 28, 2020
Fans reacted after seeing that Ipswich manager clashes with players in the dressing room with his job at risk…
@StaroT93: He used to play for Dortmund too if you didn’t know.
@DanthemanCook: Get Danny Cowley or Paul cook in to sort the mess out
@bluesoap627881: Tick tock Mr. Lambert
@ITKDobbo: No smoke without fire
@JamesWhiley: Just get on with it!
@ArgentMack: Get Mick back!
@RyanLuckhurst: Hes also lost the fans backing #itfc #sirbobby #sirAlf #ibleedblue
@kevstuts77: Can’t happen soon enough
@Smiffy_2010: Worst manager in the clubs history, the facts back this up, totally clueless, just a shame the owner is just as clueless, club is on its knees and happy to just go through the motions absolutely no ambition, once a canary always scum.
@SamChapman76: Please let this be true, please by all that is holy can we sack this utter fraud.
@barnes5072: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE SACK HIM!!!! @IpswichTown #LambertOut
@muccletonjoe: It is time, actually it’s way past time for Lambert. I don’t think many other clubs would still be paying him.
@KJ_77: Please please sack him for the good of our club, we are going nowhere but downwards under him #itfc
@The_MS9: How did I not realise Paul Lambert has only won 33 games in 101??? That is awful… #itfc