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Lambert Meets Blues Legends
Wednesday, 7th Nov 2018 16:21

Blues boss Paul Lambert and his staff met Town legends Terry Butcher, George Burley and John Wark at Playford Road earlier today.

Butcher revealed on BBC Radio Suffolk's Life’s a Pitch on Saturday that Lambert wanted to “get a few of the older boys together and talk about our opinions and things like that”.

Lambert was joined by first-team coach Matt Gill, new goalkeeping-coach Jimmy Walker, assistant manager Stuart Taylor and fitness coach Jim Henry as he chatted at length with the former Blues over lunch.

“It’s the first time I have been asked to come to the training ground and sit down and have a chat since I left the Club,” Burley told iFollow Ipswich.

“We all appreciated Paul asking us down and wanting to get our thoughts. It was a good conversation. We all want the best for Ipswich Town.”

Wark added: “It was great to be invited down. It’s the first time a manager has asked me to go and have a chat and some lunch as well and I really appreciated it.

“Paul’s obviously got a big job on his hands but the signs were encouraging on Saturday. You could see from the reaction of the fans at the weekend that they are right behind Paul and the team had a right go.

“He’s got all the right credentials for the job here and I just hope - we all hope - that he can turn things around here because Ipswich is my club. It’s our club.”

Photos: ITFC

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hoppy added 16:34 - Nov 7
The way Lambert is approaching this job keeps on impressing - and this is just another example of that. I really hope he starts getting the players responding well soon too, before the gap gets too big. I still think he'll pull us clear.

trncbluearmy added 16:35 - Nov 7
We have assumed control

Brilliant and brave move from PL

blueinscotland added 16:38 - Nov 7
A move that shows Lambert is truly invested in the club and its history. Really nice touch.

rfretwell added 16:40 - Nov 7
Great stuff by our new manager. Now if he can make a big improvement in that goal difference column we will start to climb the table.

BlueBlood90 added 16:42 - Nov 7
Brilliant stuff from Lambert. He's showing a huge amount of respect for our traditions as a club and what the fans want to see. I wasn't sure if he was only joining us for a quick and easy pay day but it sounds like he's planning towards building a future here that we can all be excited about and get behind. I really hope it works out for him here.

I'd be intrigued to find out what Burley and Butcher etc said as I'm sure they didn't hold any punches.

nineteenseventyeight added 16:43 - Nov 7
If this doesn't win the fans over nothing will, well done PL.

OwainG1992 added 16:44 - Nov 7
He's really winning me over is Paul Lambert so far.

Edmundo added 16:45 - Nov 7
I honestly thought it was all a PR stunt, but Butch, Warky and Burley wouldn't play along with that - they're the ones who have come out and said it's happening. So even the most skeptical voice must be happy with this. Great to see, now let's get Our Club back where it belongs...

terryf added 16:46 - Nov 7
Respect...nice to see.

Maybe involving one or two others like Mick Mills and Russell Osman would be useful?

If PL gets us out of this mess he may become another LEGEND alongside Sir Alf, Sir Bobby and George Burley.

terryf added 16:46 - Nov 7
Respect...nice to see.

Maybe involving one or two others like Mick Mills and Russell Osman would be useful?

If PL gets us out of this mess he may become another LEGEND alongside Sir Alf, Sir Bobby and George Burley.

BlueParadigm added 16:46 - Nov 7
Great move from PL demonstrating the difference between management and leadership

rozeeboy added 16:50 - Nov 7
Great move. Would also have like some of the younger players to have been involved, Matt Holland maybe? Perhaps he needs to stay impartial due to his media work.

Gilesy added 16:50 - Nov 7
The importance of this can't be over-estimated. It's linking the present club back to its history and makes me feel all warm inside, which is going some as I'm an absolute sod most of the time.

Strangely, this is the most optimistic I've felt about the club in years, not on the pitch, but that isn't the be all and end all of a club like ours. The other weekend, I went to watch Darlington play Boston Utd in the Conference that was fun as the fans and the club are one and the same. We need to get that back and it's not been there since Magilton.

Bergholtblue added 16:51 - Nov 7
A great move by PL and i'd love to see what they said to him and what he took from the conversations.

Count_Arthur added 16:53 - Nov 7
PR stunt or not, this is a real positive, a gesture that seems to have been lacking with other managers. Actions like this surely must win fans round, which is what we need for the potential relegation scrap we're in. A shrewd move to show he's mindful of the club's history and what it means to be a Ipswich fan. Well done Paul Lambert, my favourite Town manager for a decade!

rickw added 16:59 - Nov 7
Even if he ignores all of their advise, by doing this has got them on his side - so they'll be more positive about him when asked by whatever media outlets ask - clever management!

horsehollerer added 17:02 - Nov 7
There's no shame in turning an action into a good piece of PR, providing it's something truly authentic – which this clearly is. Well done Town, PL and all those who attended and shared their views. COYB.

chorltonskylineblue added 17:03 - Nov 7
Did Terry really need two translators? 😉

Very astute move by Paul Lambert. Smart cookie this guy.

warktheline added 17:04 - Nov 7
Really can't remember Lambert looking so happy! Reading between the lines it certainly appears Lambert is here for the 'long haul', something personally I hadn't anticipated, considering 'whistle stop' previous employment! Supporters will need to take a 'reality check' and have realistic aspirations in regards to this season's outcome! IF the manager 'starves off' the bookies favourites for the Championship exit door, then for fans and football club it will be a 'massive bonus' but if 'instant upturn' fails patience will be required from all! A contingency plan is undoubtedly in place, as Lambert strives towards 'unity' from all corners!

League 1 football is far from ideal but there's positives to take if the 'undesirable' unfolds, Lambert has worked at 'lower levels' and been successful, without sounding 'sarcastic' hapless Hurst had signed 'good' lower league footballers thus instead of 'bobbling' in and around the lower reaches of the Championship amid poor attendances we may find Portman Rd 'packed and rocking' taking Div 1 by storm playing attractive football thus building 'momentum' for 'higher challenges' ahead !

Whatever this season brings let's all hope the 'fractured nature' of the club becomes 'galvisned' under ( hopefully) Lambert as he aims to put this 'massive club with history' ( Lambert's words ) back where it belongs 'entertaining the Premiership'!

Cakeman added 17:07 - Nov 7
Really impressive move from Paul Lambert. Certainly I am very pleased since he arrived.
The sense of belonging is most definitely happening now for the first time in many years. Long may it continue and with legends such as Butcher, Burley and Wark continuing to help where they can. All of them look delighted in the photograph.

ernie added 17:11 - Nov 7
“It’s the first time I have been asked to come to the training ground and sit down and have a chat since I left the Club,”- what an awful state of affairs.

dukey44 added 17:12 - Nov 7
Wow can't remember last feeling so confident we have found the man to turn us around......

Barhamblue added 17:17 - Nov 7
Now we know why Norwich done so well under PL. This guy is a proper manager, with proper management skills. So glad he is now the boss at our club. You watch Luke Chambers and others thrive under this guy. COYB’s

bluelad7 added 17:29 - Nov 7
Love this, just seeing the three legends together makes me wanna pee myself with excitement!

Marshalls_Mullet added 17:33 - Nov 7
Well done lambert... a fairly easy thing to do, but clearly no other manager from the last 15 years has managed to do it!!

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