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Lambert: I Can Still Keep Town Up With Hard Work and Financial Support
Monday, 7th Jan 2019 10:41

Boss Paul Lambert insists he can still keep the Blues in the Championship with hard work and “financial support over the next few weeks” of the transfer window, despite believing he has never had to “rebuild a club or turn things around as much” as he does at Town.

The Blues' season of woe hit another low at Accrington Stanley on Saturday when they were beaten 1-0 by the League One club to exit the FA Cup at the first hurdle for the ninth successive season.

Town, bottom of the table, 10 points plus goal difference from safety, face a crucial game against fourth-bottom Rotherham United at Portman Road on Saturday at which the club are staging a ticket promotion.

“I still believe I can keep this club in the Championship,” Lambert said. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work and I need financial support over the next few weeks of the window, but it can be done.

“I came into this job with my eyes open. I knew it was going to be difficult, but it’s only when you go into the fabric of the club that you truly understand what you are dealing with.

“What has gone on here in the past is not acceptable. There has got to be a lot of changes going forwards.

“First things first, we need more bodies in as fast as possible. I have never had to rebuild a club or turn things around as much as I do here. But I know it can be done.”

The Blues have already added Hull City striker Will Keane and Leicester City left-back Callum Elder to their squad during the window.

On Saturday, Lambert said he hoped to add “a couple” of further signings early this week with Cardiff City winger Anthony Pilkington and Huddersfield forward Collin Quaner among those understood to be in talks.

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TractorCam added 10:48 - Jan 7
Really refreshing to see these type of comments. He certainly isn't pulling punches here, kind of emphasises the job at hand given he thinks we're the worst case he's managed when he's been at Villa!

ShropshireBluenago09 added 10:48 - Jan 7
Love Lambo’s positivity, we haven’t had a positive manager since Magilton. Let’s hope we get some quality in. Evans, if you love this club, get your cheque book out.

cbITFC added 10:49 - Jan 7
unless you put your hand in your own pocket good luck getting any funds out of M.E

Suffolkboy added 10:51 - Jan 7
What a worldly wise chap we’ve got as Manager ; no veiled threats ,but a clear indication that he wants promises kept , and telling supporters that he and his team know exactly what the task is and what they are capable of !
Let’s be sure to continue to provide all the sustenance we can by way of positive expression of loyalty and moral encouragement !

beornioblue added 10:53 - Jan 7
Go on Lambert , you have all of the fans backing!!! do it do it !!!

cranky_old_tractor added 10:54 - Jan 7
Well done PL. Realistic & honest assessment. Over to you if you have the conviction to support the manager, fans & club! Have you the bolls to do it?

mr_bean added 10:54 - Jan 7
Evans: Just make sure you do everything you possibly can to support Lambert.

brittaniaman added 10:55 - Jan 7
Well spoken Paul !!! Let us hope that you can squeeze Marcus Evans pockets like nobody else has done lately ??

wkj added 10:55 - Jan 7
I like Lambert, but I think our fate is sealed. However... While you are here with us, please keep taking Evans to task with comments like "With Financial Support" and also the other beautiful home truths you spoke of after the Stanley game.

OwainG1992 added 10:59 - Jan 7
He's being very clever is Lambert with everything he says.
Unlike Hurst's long tirades about nothing or Mick just swearing and attacking the fans (rightly so sometimes).
He has managed to get us to believe in his vision and he's clearly putting pressure on the board to help out.
Interested to see who he tries to let go before end of the month.
Possibly Spence? Thought Gwion and Harrison when he came on were terrible on Saturday too.

JoHnNnY added 11:00 - Jan 7
“I came into this job with my eyes open. I knew it was going to be difficult, but it’s only when you go into the fabric of the club that you truly understand what you are dealing with.“

Scary as he’s now recognised what MM and Paul Hurst soon realised once they had settled through the door... the financial support from above isn’t there, despite the “Will have support” public statements. I’m afraid verbal support of “Go on ole fella you can do it, I believe in you” with the playful punch to the bicep is all that’s there now.

HARRY10 added 11:02 - Jan 7
So we are in a worse state than the scum in LI when they were beaten at home 1-7 on the first date ?

Just how bad are things rhen ?

ShropshireBluenago09 added 11:02 - Jan 7
Sorry Owain marked u down by mistake. Totally agree with you

Gooders7592 added 11:03 - Jan 7
What's more likely: Lambert leaving before the end of the season due to failed promises by Evans, or Lambert leaving in the summer (after us being relegated) due to Evans not supporting him financially?

Kesblue66 added 11:08 - Jan 7
I fear that Evans does not fully support Paul he will so frustrated he will jack it in.Then where will it leave us?

Korrupt added 11:11 - Jan 7
Gooders - that's what I think. He'll go due to lack of support from Evans.

tractorboybig added 11:12 - Jan 7
BUT most of you on this site thought hurst was the saviour and ME had listerned

BobbyBell added 11:15 - Jan 7
Now it's time for a statement from ME. Either back PL or tell us in plain language why you can't or won't provide the funds to save this club.

PaulHurstITFCLegend added 11:19 - Jan 7
His outspokenness is admirable, if things go wrong this transfer window; we will all know why.

rugbytomc added 11:23 - Jan 7
By the end of this transfer window we will know as supporters whether there's a chance of a great escape and a future for this Football Club under Marcus Evans, or if we're destined for the route of Blackpool, Coventry, Charlton etc etc. Unlike Sunderland who get over 30,000 to every game, there is no prospective buyers in our club. I'm sure every sensible fan will agree we don't need to spend the vast sums of money of a Middlesborough or Derby (and not get promoted by the way) but even just reaching the levels of investment of a Huddersfield or Cardiff or even Sheffield United would be helpful!
Evans has given the money to the wrong men in the past - Jewell, Keane, Hurst (ok he had to sell but was somehow allowed to spend £1.6m on a league 2 striker and £750k on a league 2 full back who can't even oust Jordan Spence!!!!) but never gave money to the McCarthy - remains to be seen if he gives any to Lambert - imagine what he'd do with that £2.5m right now!!

Fingers crossed - i'm currently not hopeful though

peteswindon added 11:29 - Jan 7
I think it has come to the last roll of the dice for ME. He either backs the best manager we have had in a long time. or he lets us slide into obscurity and loses all his money.

smithy0981 added 11:30 - Jan 7
For once we have a manager that is challenging the owner

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 11:33 - Jan 7
The most worrying part of this is that PL now has a good reason not to stay if things don't work out.

Bluefish11 added 11:39 - Jan 7
You can do the hard work bit, and we know you will, but you know who has to do the money bit and I am sick of the £'s coming in for selling players over the last few years, and nothing being reinvested in the squad. For me it is P45 time for Jordan, Jordan, Grant AND Marcus

ArnieM added 11:43 - Jan 7
Come on Evans this is your very LAST CHANCE!!!

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