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Worst ever Town manager 10:17 - Nov 30 with 1644 viewsHerbivore

Thought it might be interesting to revisit this topic. Back in the day it used to be, for most of us, a straight fight between Keane and Jewell, but then Hurst came along and rendered that debate somewhat pointless by being demonstrably terrible. That said, after 2 years of Lambert it's hard to not consider him a genuine challenger for this crown. Some nice words and deeds in his first 6 months in charge aside, he's proved to be an absolute car crash in every way.

So who edges it for you? It's a tough one. Hurst was clearly a catastrophe but he was only in the job a very short time and his record in the Championship was no worse than Lambert's was. Lambert's statute as a contender has been cemented by him being allowed to damage the club over a much longer period. He's overseen relegation, a midtable League 1 finish, and just over a quarter of a season of further midtable League 1 performances. That's a lengthy record of being terrible. Hurst at least was gone after 4 months and arguably we couldn't be in any worse a state now had we persevered with him. I probably still just about lean towards Hurst because he achieved so much damage in such a short space of time, but it's a tight race now and I never thought that would be possible given how poor Hurst was.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:22 - Nov 30 with 991 viewshype313

Lambert for me, at least with Keane and Jewell we had some highs, albeit very infrequent. We haven't witnessed any progression under Lambert in his time here, he gave up trying to stay in the Championship, also, with the others you could see why they were all brought in, Lambert had done nothing in years to warrant the job here, and bar a few positive ,statements his time here so far has been woeful.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:25 - Nov 30 with 980 viewsitfcjoe

Could you imagine 2.5 years ago talking about our worst ever manager and not even mentioning Keane or Jewell.....

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:26 - Nov 30 with 971 viewsRobTheMonk

As stated yesterday, Lambert by a hair. Hurst got thrown out quickly which allowed someone to come in and repair the damage. Only the damage never got close to being repaired and has got significantly worse!
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:31 - Nov 30 with 944 viewsKropotkin123

Yeah, I agree, Hurst just achieved so much destruction in such a short amount of time.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:32 - Nov 30 with 941 viewsSteve_M

It's Hurst because of what he inherited and what he ruined in the space of one Summer. Lambert has been awful and failed to make the most of what he had but he at least leaves a basis for his successor to work with.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:32 - Nov 30 with 935 viewsHerbivore

Worst ever Town manager on 10:25 - Nov 30 by itfcjoe

Could you imagine 2.5 years ago talking about our worst ever manager and not even mentioning Keane or Jewell.....


It's really depressing isn't it? Hurst was horrendous and we could have done with someone who was a safe pair of hands at that point, they didn't need to be a world beater, just fairly competent. Instead we've ended up with someone who is in the same ballpark of Hurst's level of incompetence. You couldn't make it up. I look back on the days of Keane and Jewell with a warm fuzzy glow.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:33 - Nov 30 with 925 viewsKeno

Surely its Burley, after all he ruined us**


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Worst ever Town manager on 10:33 - Nov 30 with 916 viewsMarshalls_Mullet

Worst ever Town manager on 10:33 - Nov 30 by Keno

Surely its Burley, after all he ruined us**


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Worst ever Town manager on 10:35 - Nov 30 with 907 viewsDyland

It is still Hurst, and I would "like" to think it always will be in my lifetime. Feeling pretty pessimistic about our future though, and think even post Lambert we may be nowhere near our nadir.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:37 - Nov 30 with 896 viewsHerbivore

Worst ever Town manager on 10:32 - Nov 30 by Steve_M

It's Hurst because of what he inherited and what he ruined in the space of one Summer. Lambert has been awful and failed to make the most of what he had but he at least leaves a basis for his successor to work with.


Yeah, that comes into it for sure. Hurst inherited a pretty decent Championship sqaud and decimated it in one transfer window. Lambert did inherit a mess and the squad on paper looks okay now, especially relative to the level we're at.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:37 - Nov 30 with 890 viewsMrTown

As I said, Paul Lambert no.1 - then you dicuss the next.

Damage caused to this club is truly unfathomable. To think 3 and a half years left, on good wages.

Madness, pure madness.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:38 - Nov 30 with 886 viewsJDB23

Said it before and will say it again, Hurst was the most destructive but Lambert has proven over a sustained period to very much be the worst manager we’ve ever had.
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:40 - Nov 30 with 875 viewsMrTown

Worst ever Town manager on 10:38 - Nov 30 by JDB23

Said it before and will say it again, Hurst was the most destructive but Lambert has proven over a sustained period to very much be the worst manager we’ve ever had.


Hurst bought the better League 1 players (mistake). Lambert can't get them better League 1 players in the top 10

Plus Woolfenden, plus Bishop, plus Norwood, plus Downes, plus Dozzell.
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:41 - Nov 30 with 882 viewsgordon

Hurst and Lambert have been terrible in quite opposite ways - Hurst focussed on coming across as an absolute tw*t from the get-go, being massively insecure and ridden with small-man syndrome, and completely out of his depth with higher quality players. He was determined to smash things up as much as possible in a couple of months.

Lambert on the other hand started out as everybody's mate, just wanted to get the feeling back, make it feel like a proper football team again, but he married that with utterly incomprehensible and awful tactics and team selections. He genuinely appears to have absolutely no idea why we play well or badly.

So for me, it has to be Lambert - he's just an utterly awful football manager; with Hurst we never truly found out how bad he could've been, because his personality meant he was out the door so quickly.
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:41 - Nov 30 with 866 viewsSteve_M

Worst ever Town manager on 10:33 - Nov 30 by Keno

Surely its Burley, after all he ruined us**


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* About 2001-2011 more like.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:42 - Nov 30 with 856 viewsKeno

Worst ever Town manager on 10:41 - Nov 30 by Steve_M

* About 2001-2011 more like.


true,

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That's well put Gorders on 10:42 - Nov 30 with 857 viewsDyland

Worst ever Town manager on 10:41 - Nov 30 by gordon

Hurst and Lambert have been terrible in quite opposite ways - Hurst focussed on coming across as an absolute tw*t from the get-go, being massively insecure and ridden with small-man syndrome, and completely out of his depth with higher quality players. He was determined to smash things up as much as possible in a couple of months.

Lambert on the other hand started out as everybody's mate, just wanted to get the feeling back, make it feel like a proper football team again, but he married that with utterly incomprehensible and awful tactics and team selections. He genuinely appears to have absolutely no idea why we play well or badly.

So for me, it has to be Lambert - he's just an utterly awful football manager; with Hurst we never truly found out how bad he could've been, because his personality meant he was out the door so quickly.
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:45 - Nov 30 with 842 viewswkj

Hurst the worst, Lambert the most hated (for me)

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:47 - Nov 30 with 838 viewsPJH

Hurst is still way out in front for me for the amount of damage he did in so little time.

Lambert now overtaken Keane as second worst but hopefully will not be here long enough to challenge Hurst for top spot.

Jewell no longer comes into the reckoning.
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:48 - Nov 30 with 835 viewsDubtractor

I remember the heady days when John Duncan was the worst, but he'd barely scrape the top 5 these days.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:49 - Nov 30 with 828 viewshype313

Worst ever Town manager on 10:48 - Nov 30 by Dubtractor

I remember the heady days when John Duncan was the worst, but he'd barely scrape the top 5 these days.


Duncan has gone from number 1 on that list to number 6 within 6 years.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:50 - Nov 30 with 823 viewsHerbivore

Worst ever Town manager on 10:41 - Nov 30 by gordon

Hurst and Lambert have been terrible in quite opposite ways - Hurst focussed on coming across as an absolute tw*t from the get-go, being massively insecure and ridden with small-man syndrome, and completely out of his depth with higher quality players. He was determined to smash things up as much as possible in a couple of months.

Lambert on the other hand started out as everybody's mate, just wanted to get the feeling back, make it feel like a proper football team again, but he married that with utterly incomprehensible and awful tactics and team selections. He genuinely appears to have absolutely no idea why we play well or badly.

So for me, it has to be Lambert - he's just an utterly awful football manager; with Hurst we never truly found out how bad he could've been, because his personality meant he was out the door so quickly.
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That's a decent take on it. Lambert does just seem to be utterly clueless, he doesn't seem to be able to coach or set up a side at all. It seems that coming in and giving everyone a lift is literally his only tangible skill as a manager, but that never lasts and for us it didn't see a bit uptick in results either. It's worth remembering that Hurst's selections and tactics were also erratic and incomprehensible for much of his brief stint as well though. I still wake up in a cold sweat thinking about Donacien at left wing back against Brentford.

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:52 - Nov 30 with 796 viewsdavblue

Worst ever Town manager on 10:32 - Nov 30 by Herbivore

It's really depressing isn't it? Hurst was horrendous and we could have done with someone who was a safe pair of hands at that point, they didn't need to be a world beater, just fairly competent. Instead we've ended up with someone who is in the same ballpark of Hurst's level of incompetence. You couldn't make it up. I look back on the days of Keane and Jewell with a warm fuzzy glow.


Keane tactically set the team up better than Lambert ever has.

His recruitment and man management were bad!
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Worst ever Town manager on 10:53 - Nov 30 with 786 viewsKeno

Worst ever Town manager on 10:41 - Nov 30 by gordon

Hurst and Lambert have been terrible in quite opposite ways - Hurst focussed on coming across as an absolute tw*t from the get-go, being massively insecure and ridden with small-man syndrome, and completely out of his depth with higher quality players. He was determined to smash things up as much as possible in a couple of months.

Lambert on the other hand started out as everybody's mate, just wanted to get the feeling back, make it feel like a proper football team again, but he married that with utterly incomprehensible and awful tactics and team selections. He genuinely appears to have absolutely no idea why we play well or badly.

So for me, it has to be Lambert - he's just an utterly awful football manager; with Hurst we never truly found out how bad he could've been, because his personality meant he was out the door so quickly.
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spot on Gordy

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Worst ever Town manager on 10:53 - Nov 30 with 791 viewsTNBlue

All our managerial appointments since ME took over have been disappointing.

Hurst is the worst for setting us on the unstoppable slide. Lambert a close second for not being able to stop the slide into league one and consequently keeping us stuck there. But the real damage was done by Hurst.
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