Under Culverhouse with a fairly average squad for the league... now the gap between us and Kings Lynn is the same as us and Norwich. Depressing.
Really makes you wonder if Culverhouse was the man behind Lambert's success at Colchester and Norwich. I wouldn't mind swapping - seems to know a thing or two about football tactics. Certainly if he was at the club we would have an established formation and system, and the players would all know their roles very well.
As promised, Lambert and Evans stay with the club and tell us we'll have to put up with it in the plans going forward. They say that the money is tight and sell Flynn Downes to a lower prem team for £4 Million to cover the losses. To get new signings, they also sell Woolfenden for slightly less. We then sign a couple of average free League 2 players to fill in the holes.
Preseason starts, although slightly later, and after some very questionable losses against Cambridge and Conchester, Lambert ensures the fans that he is here to stay and we will improve. He mentions that it is a five-year plan and the fans are daft to expect instant results.
Start of the season comes, and with some unfortunate injuries from preseason, we tumble into the mid-table, playing awful Mcarthy-Esque hoof ball and only winning by 1 goal when we didn't lose. But it's okay because the games are behind closed doors so the fans cannot display their anger from the stands. The staff are relatively relaxed at this point.
As the weeks pass by and the losses build-up, the voice of the fans gets louder online, with #Lambertout trending on twitter, along with lots of abuse towards Lambert and Evans. Lee O'Neil reassures the fans that everything is fine and the results will pick up soon. He also reminds us that aiming for the playoffs is optimistic and we shouldn't get our hopes up.
Finally, in October, fans are allowed to fill Portman Road. Evans leaps with joy as he expects large gates bringing in lots of income. However, he is met with a surprise - Portman Road is only half full, and the only time the fans make noise is to shout abuse at the players and make anti-Evans chants. The club begins to struggle financially and Lambert justifies the performances by telling the fans he played in Germany once.
By November after an awful 4-0 loss to Doncaster, the fans decide to boycott every home game. The atmosphere at Portman Road is more toxic than ever before and the club is getting almost no income. We are now 18th in the table and the players look devoid of any kind of motivation or energy.
January comes and Evans decides that enough is enough. We are 22nd in the league and he is recieving death threats online. The fans protest outside the stadium, chanting Marcus Evans is a C*nt. Portman Road reaches a record low attendance of 8,500 on a Saturday.
Although Evans has a clause in Lambert's 5 Year deal, he will still have to pay a large sum to get him sacked. As a result, he sells our key players KVY and Kayden Jackson for a combined sum of £1.5 Million. Lambert gets sacked and Evans gives him a huge payoff because the fans have given him no choice.
By January, after blowing all of our budget on sacking Lambert, we don't spend any money replacing the players. Simon Grayson then gets hired because he is cheap and experienced, and the club falls even further down. It is uncertain whether we will be playing in league 2 for the 21/22 season, and the fans are still not happy.
James Bolton, Andy Cannon and Sean Raggett. Presumably it was the from Arsenal cup game a few weeks ago, shocking how easily it can be caught. Glad the fixtures were postponed, otherwise members of our squad could have easily caught it, especially as we would have played Pompey today.