Report names manager who’ll be appointed if Ipswich Town sack their boss amid talks a takeover could be very nearly complete.
According to The Athletic, the club are on the verge of being taken over by a group of American investors – led by Los Angeles-based businessman Brett Johnson – for £17.5m.
One of their first acts in charge at Portman Road would be to please the fanbase in getting rid of the under-fire Paul Lambert and install Paul Cook as manager.
Lambert took charge of the Tractorboys back in October 2018 but failed to prevent their relegation from the Championship that season.
They then finished in a below par 11th in the League One table last season, and have so far been unable to mount a promotion push in the 2020-21 season with expectations leaving fans protesting countless time for change.
Ipswich currently sit 10th in the table, but there are demands for Lambert to be sacked – along with the local paper the East Anglian Daily Times.
The Athletic reports that owner Marcus Evans is ready to to sell the club to an American consortium and they want former Wigan manager Cook as their new boss.
The Liverpool born has previously guided Portsmouth to the League Two title in 2017, has been out of work since July.
Cook quit the Latics after they were relegated from the Championship when handed with a 12-point deduction for entering administration – having finished 13th in the standings after an impressive end to the campaign.
The ex-Chesterfield man has been linked with several jobs this season – including Sheffield Wednesday, Cardiff City, Bristol City and Salford City, but ended up getting none of them somehow.
Cook has previously expressed his desire to return to management in the Championship.
Ipswich travel to Fratton Park on Saturday the 20th of March, all eyes are on if and when Lambert will be gone.
It was a year ago that reports first emerged claiming that Ipswich had their eye on Neil Warnock, should they have chosen to get rid of Paul Lambert, however they stuck with him, struggling to get out of League One whilst Warnock has given Middlesbrough fans some hope of going up this season.
Paul Cook was reportedly offered the job at Sheffield Wednesday, but only until the end of the season, and yet after he bigged up the club, he felt he deserved a much longer contract that just something shorter than he was expecting.
Anger from the club’s fanbase has now turned on Chansiri, with Wednesday supporters clueless as to why Paul Cook can’t be given a lengthy deal, especially as he’s also shown he’s proven at their level.
Paul Cook recently made an honest admission about Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Neil Thompson.
Speaking on Sky Sports three weeks ago, Cook reiterated that he held talks with the Owls and Cardiff City about their managerial positions.
He said: “Certainly on both of those clubs and situations, I would have had contact from the club.
“Obviously where that contact went to was probably not where I would have liked it to have gone to.
“Certainly in Cardiff’s position, they have appointed Mick McCarthy until the end of the season and they have done, in my opinion, a very strong appointment. A very safe pair of hands.
“Sheffield Wednesday, as we speak, have a caretaker manager in Neil Thompson who is also doing an outstanding job.
“I am ready to go back to work. I have been since two days after I left Wigan.
“These days can be tough to be fair because normally you are in the middle of it and now you are speaking about it.”
He added: “As a boy who has been in football since I was 17 and went into management, I have never been been out of work,” he said. “I have never not had a football club to go into.
“Whilst I want to get a club, in an ideal world, I want to try and take a club into the Premier League from the Championship because I think that’s how managers have to do it in England.
“If I have to go back to managing at any level, that’s what I will do.”
Fans reacted as a report names the manager who’ll be appointed if Ipswich sack their boss…
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@birchy77: Massive news for town. Evens cannot take the losses and if he walks away Ipswich could easily be pushing for the prem again very soon. Gutted 💚💛
@MikeyLUFCALAW: Hopefully this is good news for Ipswich Town and their supporters.
@JMorton47: Still won’t believe it until I see it, too good to be true…
@hugowango: As a Sunderland supporter may i welcome Ipswich Town to the debt free club. #cans
@Beesh24240265: What a day for their fans, no debt and rid of lambert. Not a good time for “celtic men”.
@abjwright: Not sure this will end well, but we can’t continue as we are under Marcus Evans. TBH my beef with Evans has never been the lack of investment, it’s the fact he has no interest in running the club properly.
@stretchstar: But still nothing from the club itself, still feels a bit shaky, but pleeeeeeeease let it happen, for better or for worse, something has to change!! ITID
@IpswichCulture: When’s the season ticket details being announced? Asking for a friend
@luckygIovehaver: max aarons, todd cantwell, jamal lewis, ben godfrey and emi buendia are all worth more than this sickly institution #laughing #howling #teara
@DavidColes95: Wait what the fuck it’s real?
@CharlieDr_: Fucking inject this into my blue veins
@lawseyitfc: It’s looking good now then! Fair play to Evans if he wipes the debt. I hope the rumours of being bought JUST to try and make a profit isn’t entirely accurate, but if he hires the right people to bring us up then that would be a fine job in the short run. COYB
@lownyp: Waiting for details obviously BUT (maybe unpopular opinion) if Marcus does write the debt off as part of this takeover we should acknowledge that this is a HUGE thing he has done for our club.
@KierranHaynes14: When we win promotion and multiple Premier League titles, I can’t wait to say that I was there watching that appalling League 1 defeat to Peterborough on a snowy Tuesday evening in February on iFollow. #itfc
@ReportPosh: Paul Cook + A crazy talented L1 squad + The easiest run-in according to soccerstats = Late playoff push???
@VoceyFM: Huge for the Tractor Boys…..and desperately needed both at board and management level.
@cullly_: PREMIER FUCKING LEAGUE
@JCrouch16: Let’s hope this happens and they let someone run the club who knows what they’re doing, a mess of a club from top to bottom. Be great for the area and not just the club to see Ipswich doing well.
@spally76: Want to believe this isn’t bullshit and this seems to be the most credible yet. Something has definitely been going on. Complete silence from Evans, Lee O’Neill seems to have disappeared and Lambert couldn’t have been any less enthusiastic that we had beaten Hull. All fits
@allthingstics: Everything this mon has said about a Wigan takeover has been complete bollocks let’s see how this ends #wafc #itfc
@calciocarl: BIG News for Ipswich fans. A chance for them to move forward. Evans has wanted out for years, he got bored of funding the losses a long time ago. Stadium, academy need investment but Johnson gets a sound club with a big fan base debt free.
@Jonathanbeales: Interesting #itfc story being run by The http://Athlete.It’s quite rare that leaked takeover stories come to fruition but in football anything can happen.#nda #itfc