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Lambert: A Thanks From Me to Fans for the Support We've Received
Saturday, 19th Jan 2019 18:14

Blues boss Paul Lambert says paying for fans’ coach travel to today’s game at Blackburn was a thank-you for their support since he took over at the club.

Fifty supporters embarking the coach at Portman Road this morning found a letter from Lambert in which he said he would pay their travel for the 500-mile round-trip to Ewood Park, £35 each and £1,850 in total.

“From the day I walked in the door, they’ve been brilliant with me, they really have,” he said when asked about his gesture. “The support we get is an incredible support.

“It’s not normal in the situation when you’re bottom of the table that they keep coming and they keep that vocal support there and I don’t think it was too much for me [to pay for their travel].

“It’s not a PR stunt, it’s nothing like that, nothing at all, if that was the case I would have done that at every club I was at and I would have been skint right enough for doing that!

“It’s the first time I’ve done it but I felt I owed it to them because of the support and everything like that.

“I want to stay at the club, I think it’s a great club, it just needs that little bit of help and hopefully we’ll give it and I’ll give everything I’ve got to it. It’s a thanks from me to them for the support we’ve received as staff and as a team.”

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BossMan added 18:29 - Jan 19
It will be good when the footy matches the PR

ForeverBlueSince1996 added 18:35 - Jan 19
Was a lovely surprise this morning, the highlight of a poor day.

geminimustang added 18:45 - Jan 19
PL is showing he’s a thoroughly decent man.It’s a pity the results don’t show the improvement he hoped to bring.Relegation isn’t quite certain but there’s dwindling hope.I think PL will leave at the end of the season when he realises the monumental task ITFC has become.ME would need to invest £M’s in the team and that won’t happen in League 1 where cost savings will have to be made.

Sergio added 18:46 - Jan 19
More PR bulls hit from Lambert covering up his failings as a manager.

alfromcol added 18:52 - Jan 19
Nice one Sergio, well thought through.

BigAlsMate added 19:13 - Jan 19
Paul Lambert really is turning into a class act.

Sergio you are an idiot

Sergio added 21:07 - Jan 19
We haven’t scored a goal in our last six away games and I’m ‘the idiot’.

Spirit_of_78 added 22:47 - Jan 19
Sergio you really are a dick!

blueboy1981 added 23:29 - Jan 19
Nice one that PL - that would never have crossed MM's mind to do such a thing - even out of his colossal bonus payments.

His reward was to call said people 'numbskulls' instead - respect ? - or what ?
He had no respect whatsoever for Club, or Supporter.

Dissboyitfc added 08:06 - Jan 20
A great gesture from a manager who wanted to show his respect and appreciation to some of the amazing away supporters !

PL realises without the fans there is no club!

On another note, I really hope the football starts to yield the results we so desperately need! Winning most of our home games and a couple of results on the road is a tall order, but while there is hope, I will keep hoping. We really don’t know if we will bounce back up , it’s just not guaranteed !


carlo88 added 10:40 - Jan 20
Still not entirely convinced by PL. This is either a true act of generosity by a pragmatic manager, or those of someone desperate not to make this his final job in football management. We do have more quality in the team now so time will tell.

d77sgw added 17:52 - Jan 20
Have to say that the results right now are no better than Hurst was getting, and the football has hardly improved. Too soon to judge Lambert maybe, and he certainly inherited a poor squad - but at some point the positive PR has to be matched by an improvement on the pitch

1RWR added 16:30 - Jan 21
For heavens sake give PL a chance. Until we're down we ain't down, accept it & support both him & the club.

dubblue added 12:06 - Jan 22
First I agree this was a decent gesture from PL and we should not be looking for any ulterior motives.

I share the concerns of many that the results have not really improved since he replaced Hurst. Off the pitch most of his actions have been well thought out, but these have not resulted in points. We can only hope the new players make a difference.

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