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Lambert Tipped to Get the Best From New Boy Andoh
Monday, 9th Dec 2019 17:12

Worcester City boss Ashley Vincent believes his one-time Colchester manager Paul Lambert can get the best out of new Blues addition Levi Andoh.

Town announced on Friday that the 19-year-old (pictured left), who was with Worcester until earlier this season, will sign an 18-month deal at Portman Road in January following his recent trial.

“To be fair to the young man he has clearly made an impression over there and got himself 18 months at a fantastic football club,” Vincent, who was with the U's between 2009 and 2012, told the Worcester News.

“I lived in Ipswich when I was at Colchester, they have a real passion for football there and do things properly.

“My old manager from Colchester is there now and Levi could wish for no one better to learn from than Paul Lambert, particularly with the sides of the game he needs to learn.

“Paul is a great coach but his man-management and how he draws the best from you and makes you a better person is second to none. As a young man that was the side Levi needed to learn to progress.

“It is impossible to pinpoint how he does it because you don’t actually know it is going on, he just has a certain way with people and groups where you just become a winner.

“He is not one to take you in his office to have a conversation, he is not sociable so to speak but he is a fantastic motivator without you realising what he is doing.

“It is only when you go somewhere else that you realise the value of him and what he gives you.

“Levi will learn very quickly that he needs to have a resilience because that is a must for Paul Lambert.”

Amsterdam-born, Leicester-raised Andoh, who was with Aston Villa as a schoolboy, joined Worcester from Cradley Town in February and made six appearances last season.

Primarily a right-back, Andoh, who had previously spent a spell at Thompson Rivers University in Canada, played one further game from the bench this season, in which he scored, before moving on to Solihull United. He subsequently linked up with Town in October and played for the U23s in the home games against Bolton and Cardiff.

“Athletically there is probably no better 19-year-old out there and they have seen that potential to work with to try to make a Football League player out of,” Vincent continued.

“They have a young man who needs some patience, coaching and guidance but one that is very willing to work, honest and ambitious to play at a really good level.

“He is desperate to play football for the right reasons and while there are lots of those out there it is another great element to have going into that environment. He has the raw attributes and it is a big opportunity for him.”

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hampstead_blue added 18:32 - Dec 9
Sounds fantastic. Welcome, work hard, and enjoy your career.

Mullet added 18:34 - Dec 9
There is an inevitable Mings comparison, but it's nice to see someone getting a shot and Lambert doing it through contacts doesn't hurt.

The quotes about his man-management are reassuring too given the size of squad and amount of young players at a pivotal moment in their careers.

Cakeman added 19:51 - Dec 9
A very positive piece of news. Levi Andoh seems to have exactly the correct attitude which I am sure Paul Lambert will always insist upon. Could be a great signing for us given a year or so.

Saxonblue74 added 06:49 - Dec 10
Keeping a lid on young players attitude is, I would imagine the most challenging aspect of a football managers job these days. I can't imagine having the money these guys have when I was 18 - early 20's and still managing to behave myself and remain professional. I think this is where Alex Ferguson was incredible as a manager in the 90's. He took young players (many of them quite underwhelming as individuals to begin with) and turned them into world beaters by instilling discipline and dedication. Most of them becoming fantastic examples to young fans. Let's give PL time and see what he can achieve.

TractorRoyNo1 added 08:59 - Dec 10
Fantastic reference for Lambert's CV, he us a true football man, we are very lucky to have him.

Bildestoned added 11:37 - Dec 10
Seeing the name of Mings mentioned here reminds me, as did last night's televised game how I never know whether to feel proud or disappointed when I see almost every other Premiership game on Sky featuring former Town players!

JewellintheTown added 14:23 - Dec 10
Would be missing a trick if they don't give the kid the number 501 shirt.

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