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Lambert: I'm Happy With How the Club is Going
Friday, 6th Nov 2020 12:20

Manager Paul Lambert believes Town are in a lot better place than it was when he took charge just over two years ago.

Lambert, 51, was announced as the Blues’ boss on the morning of Saturday 27th October 2018, following Paul Hurst's dismissal with Town bottom of the Championship, and watched that afternoon’s dismal 3-0 defeat to Millwall from the stands at the Den before taking his first training session the following day.

Asked whether he has made progress in the two years since then, he said: “I think the club is in a lot better place than it was when we came into it. I think there is a lot of incredibly good potential here.

“I think the football we’re playing at this moment’s really good. I think if the club sticks to that philosophy going forward then they’ll be in a really healthy place.

“You can’t judge anything by the short term. It can take a number of years to get everything the way you want to get it.

“We can’t buy any guys, we’ve got to nurture our own and look at that. We’ve got to look at free transfers and things like that.

“Is it an ideal world? No, it’s not and do you want to be in a higher league? Absolutely you do. But I think the football we’re playing at this minute is really good.”

Lambert, who signed a new five-year contract on New Year’s Day, admits that demotion to League One in his first season at Portman Road was a blow but that the team was in development during that period.

“We wouldn’t have wanted to have been relegated, that’s for sure. We came in at a difficult time where everything was up in the air, the club had lost a lot of really, really good players and was building a new team that needed time,” he reflected.

“It needed time to gel, needed time to adjust to the size of the club. But I’m happy with how the club is going now, I’m happy with how it’s going.”

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muccletonjoe added 12:45 - Nov 6
We are one league lower ?

BettyBlue added 13:10 - Nov 6
You ended 14th in League One after being top at Christmas....

Lambert Out!

runningout added 13:15 - Nov 6
We are looking a tadge better than a few seasons ago. Might be due to lack of our own home and away support (Not a good professional sign) If our players can bring consistent wins is another story. I’ll still love them just the same!!

MonkeyAlan added 13:21 - Nov 6
Made progress? Silly question to ask. We have quite clearly gone backwards. It's an utter disgrace. Clueless manager, weak as water team and a Muppet for an owner.

Portman_Pie added 13:23 - Nov 6
The football we’re playing at this moment is really good.

Fu*k me - I’d hate to watch us not playing well then.. deluded, utter fool. Please leave our club...

carlo88 added 13:28 - Nov 6
I think he watches Trump too much

chrisswailes added 14:28 - Nov 6
What a berk. Let the downvotes commence!

mib added 14:38 - Nov 6
chrisswailes, He may be a berk . but I would rather him than your mate.

muhrensleftfoot added 14:39 - Nov 6
Really? After a lowest league finish in most supporters lifetimes! Proper progress will have been made when we are chasing a play-off place in the Championship. So a long way to go!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 14:44 - Nov 6
The past is past. I do feel we are playing a bit better than at the same stage last season, and we could well have been top of the division if it weren't for some terrible decisions against us. (I'm still fuming about that ridiculous "penalty"!) Our younger players have begun to establish themselves with the added experience of playing more regularly, and we have made a couple or three decent signings (free and loan) given the financial restrictions all L1 clubs are under at the moment. There is a lot of work to do, and yes, we need more goals from our strikeforce, but if we continue to make progress from here then PL may still yet pull this round.

BettyBlue added 15:17 - Nov 6
If we can't beat sides loke Sunderland we are stsying in this league.

WE have made no progress. You are worse than MM.

tractorboybig added 16:47 - Nov 6
you are the only one who thinks so and quite q few of us think YOU are the reason we are such crap/

pennblue added 18:19 - Nov 6
The fact that we have gone down a league is not important in the medium and long term. We had been treading water for years in the Championship with no clear identity other than the one MM instilled into the team which was not popular. A footballing team is what people want, playing the youngsters is what they want, and this is what they have got. This is it, it takes time to let these players develop. But thats how we will get success again, by building season on season and sticking to a philosophy. It's all too easy to moan, but what precisely would you do differently right now if you were in PL's shoes?

Saxonblue74 added 20:20 - Nov 6
So many claiming that they would prefer lge1 football under A.N.Other than being static in the championship. This is a work in progress, but only if we can hang on to the talent we have. I do feel we're progressing, we do have spells of very good football. Yes, there's a long way to go but sometimes you need a step backward in order to move forward.

Carberry added 20:32 - Nov 6
This idea that dropping a division will be good for the development of the club is romantic nonsense . With all the financial issues it brings and the knock on effects, it's a disaster. We need a well run club and a manager who isnt living in a dream world fired by his ego.

dirtydingusmagee added 08:29 - Nov 7
A step backwards and a step forwards is not progress, some were happy to doddle around surviving in Championship, now it appears they would be,or are happy for us to doddle around in Lge 1. .If that gets a bit boring after a year or two perhaps Lge 2 would be good..!

dirtydingusmagee added 08:31 - Nov 7
As Harry Enfield said , ''is that what you want,cos thats what will happen ''

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