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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
Thursday, 25th Oct 2018 19:50

Paul Lambert will be confirmed as Town’s new manager within the 48 hours, TWTD understands.

Paul Hurst’s short spell as Blues boss ended this afternoon with the former Shrewsbury manager, his assistant Chris Doig, fitness coach Nathan Winder and physio Chris Skitt also leaving the club.

Hurst's stint of 149 days and 15 games is the shortest in the club's professional history.

Owner Marcus Evans has sounded out a number of potential new managers over the last couple of weeks - ex-Millwall boss Ian Holloway, former Villa boss Tim Sherwood and Leicester assistant manager Michael Appleton among them - following Town’s disastrous start to the season.

Evans relieved Hurst of his duties this afternoon with the players, who had been given the day off, called to Playford Road to be given the news.

We understand Lambert, 49, is expected at the club tomorrow with the loose ends relating to his recruitment expected to be tied up in time for confirmation of his appointment either tomorrow or Saturday. It's believed he will sign a three-year deal.

In the meantime, Bryan Klug has been reappointed caretaker-manager and will be in charge at the Den. The academy head of coaching and player development will take tomorrow's press conference, which won't be shown on Facebook Live.

Lambert’s assistant is likely to be former Norwich defender Ian Culverhouse, who resigned from his position as manager of Grantham Town last week. Culverhouse, 54, previously worked alongside Lambert at Colchester United, Norwich City and Aston Villa.

Lambert was last in a job earlier this year, taking charge of Stoke City in January but leaving in May following the Potters’ relegation to the Championship.

Previously he was in charge at Wolves, Blackburn and Villa, but is most remembered in East Anglia for his stint in charge at Norwich between 2009 and 2012 during which he took them from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons.

The Scot had joined the Canaries from Colchester United where he had spent just under a year. The U's had defeated Norwich 7-1 on the opening day of 2009/10.

His managerial career started at Livingston, where he finished his playing days, before he moved on to Wycombe.

A midfielder, he played for St Mirren, Motherwell, Borussia Dortmund - with whom he won the Champions League - and Celtic as well as Livingston and won 40 caps for Scotland, scoring once.

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iaintaylorx added 19:52 - Oct 25
Don’t really care if he is ex-Norwich! Maybe a contract until the end of the season? It is definitely going to be a difficult job for him, especially the lack of quality in this team! January will be massive for us in terms of bringing in quality (not from League 2)! But COYB!!

stickymockwell added 19:53 - Oct 25
Feck me. Holloway and Sherwood. Makes Lambert appointment slightly better

TheTrueBlue1878 added 19:55 - Oct 25
Culverhouse, decade as a Norwich player. He probably hated Town until a couple of days ago!!

It seems to be the ludacris appointment Evans has made yet, people with so much connection to Norwich are been recruited to save us from relegation. I pray for Evans' sake it goes well, otherwise he'll never been forgiven.

Good Luck Paul Lambert.

blockb_steward added 19:55 - Oct 25
Omg, Culverhouse as assistant. This feels unreal.

Holloway though? Er, no thanks.

blockb_steward added 19:56 - Oct 25
Wanted to add that they are now Narfolk’s most hated...

BobbyBell added 19:56 - Oct 25
Dear God NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shortmarine1969 added 19:57 - Oct 25
Does not sit well , but we are against a wall , and he may be up to the task , so have to put his connections to one side and hope he saves us from the drop..and ME gives him some money in Jan.

Lightningboy added 19:57 - Oct 25
This is like a bad dream - dunno whether to laugh or cry anymore

Evans Out!


Michael101 added 19:58 - Oct 25
Holloway ,the football might not be any better,but a you,d get a laugh at his press conference.

TractorCam added 19:59 - Oct 25
Let's all get behind him, this is one of the most important times in the clubs recent history!

44_not_out added 20:00 - Oct 25
If he can finish 4th bottom with what he’s inheriting, I’ll campaign for a statue! Couldn’t care a less about his Norwich connection

tags added 20:00 - Oct 25
I’m very happy about this!!! Best of the unemployed bunch

kuqiblue32 added 20:01 - Oct 25
For the first time ever I feel ashamed of my club today.

For years we cried out for a young hungry manager with a good track record, we got one.
For years we cried out for young hungry players from the leagues below, we got them.

Then what did we do?
We gave them all of 14 games to prove themselves.
Now we're being managed by two Norwich legends.



Jonnosdreadlocks added 20:02 - Oct 25
Insanity! Evans has gone mad, has to be Burley and Butch.

Woodbridgian added 20:02 - Oct 25
Looks like the decision to move Hurst on was made well before Leeds and maybe even QPR. On Lambert can't say the Norwich thing is that great a problem although Culverhouse might be stretching things a bit Bit ! If they can sort out the mess were in right now then I don't care where they've come from. Hopefully if it is Lambert he wouldn't be coming unless he got a promise of money in January as he won't want another regelagtion on his CV

winnipegblue added 20:02 - Oct 25
could be a shrewd appointment... not only championship experience but also League one experience should it come to that... I'm not to upset about Lamberts history if they do a job...

important few games coming up, we need a upswing and quick!

tomitfc added 20:03 - Oct 25
Shows how much the people in charge of our club know about football. Culverhouse?! Seriously? The same guy that got suspended by Villa for bullying allegations! Just what we need.
Lambert needs to come in and hit the ground running or this could get 100 times more ugly than it already is.


StuartBrett8 added 20:03 - Oct 25
I'm all for this, just what we need right now... and we're probably perfect for him right now (fingers crossed)

depressed added 20:04 - Oct 25
I don't really care if Donald duck was our manager. All I want to see is Town playing good football and picking up points.

Zondervantheman added 20:04 - Oct 25
You know how much we dislike Jordan Rhodes playing for the budgies... The carrot crunchers wold be even more upset if two of their legends lead us to safety... good luck to them. Especially at carrot road...

Wickets added 20:05 - Oct 25
Agree with 44 as long as he keeps us up it will sit well with me, bit of cash at Xmas Marcus to give him a chance.

jimmyvet added 20:05 - Oct 25
All the scummers on here its hilarious they stand out like a sore thumb.....when hurst was appointed i was so underwhelmed what had he done....nothing...this is a good appointment with a guy who has played at highest level and has had some success in management and who will attract players...good luck Paul

RegencyBlue added 20:08 - Oct 25
I can’t say I am enthusiastic about the appointment but if he can sort out this mess and keep us up the Norwich connection is irrelevant.

AlfBuksh added 20:08 - Oct 25

tractorboybig added 20:09 - Oct 25
Evans really is taking the pi ss.

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