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I don't often wake up at 3am worrying about Ipswich Town
at 04:15 17 Feb 2021

...but I did this morning, with the following thoughts swirling around:

Lambert spoke from the heart last night. He has never before appeared vulnerable
He will have alienated those in the club who are unable or unwilling to pull their weight.
Brenner really earned his corn, finding appropriate questions in a very tense interview.
Lambert bought into the open an endemic malaise within the club.
Lambert is probably right in much of what he says.
Evans can now respond to support Lambert, or discard him.
It will be nice to see this level of candour more frequently.
This was no Nixonian self-realisation - the man is still fighting his corner.
None of this makes Lambert a better or worse manager.
There will be decent players in the squad who feel empathy, whether they rate Lambert or not.
The situation will test Evans.

I won't be the only one feeling a degree of anguish resulting from seeing football emotionally expose a man jn this way.
The next few days will be fascinating.




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Lampard - hmmm
at 13:23 25 Jan 2021

In my simple mind, he would be the perfect fit for Town's next manager. Young, ambitious, intelligent, needed to reconsolidate. Has plenty of ties with the area, with quite a large property portfolio in and around Dedham.

It all feels right to me. Maybe line it up now, for next season.
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Well, has banning Phil had the desired effect?
at 06:44 10 Jan 2021

Have the local scribes been frightened into believing that they risk a ban based on a shallow pretext if they do not back Lambo? We'll see on Monday morning, won't we?
Not easy for them, that's for sure.
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An alternative view of the current stand-off
at 04:00 4 Dec 2020

For the sake of balance we all like to hear alternative views, don't we? They underpin perspective. So here's mine.

Football clubs' view of football social media: A blight on the face of the Earth, and getting worse. Accuracy rating - 75%.
My assessment: Yes, the worst of it is vile, destructive, ignorant and deplorable. It encourages ill-informed mob mentality. But the best of it (and Phil Ham's TWTD is a good example) deserves some respect as it provides a platform a spectrum of views, although unpopular views can be met with toxicity.

Football clubs' views on the knowledge of fans: One in every hundred knows a little, but they will never know as much as us because we live the reality of it. Accuracy rating - 70%.
My assessment: the evidence is that fans generally have a good impression of the direction of flow, without having to understand the mechanics of it. This was wonderfully illustrated by a caller to BBC Suffolk after the Oxford game who said 'there are so many things I want to say', but in 3 minutes on air said nothing of any consequence.

Football clubs' views of print journalists: As above, but much worse as journalists are getting paid for being ignorant. Accuracy rating - 75%. My assessment: journalists have power without responsibility. Increasingly we see social media influencing journalism and tweets etc being printed. This is worrying as it often authenticates inaccuracy. Opinion pieces are usually bound to antagonise clubs as they are rarely underpinned by knowledge.

Football fans' views of managers whose teams lose more games than they win: generally (with exceptions) this is 'unacceptable' and the manager is hopeless, clueless, inept etc etc. Every game changes the perception of a manager's ability. He can be excellent in the Autumn but hopeless by the Spring. Accuracy rating - 40%.
My assessment - unless you are really close to it, make judgement from a very broad perspective.

My point is this - the first rule of negotiation is 'be in a position to negotiate'. I have difficulty in seeing who will give ground in the current stand-off.

As for Paul Lambert and the club hierarchy, they are but the latest players on the local stage. I am not here to defend or attack any of them. I am more interested in the dynamics of the situation.



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Will the players put in a shift for Lambert tonight?
at 07:36 1 Dec 2020

It is so difficult for the players at the moment. They can't just down tools as they know Lambert will have them out of the team, and possibly out of the club.

They will give their all tonight, but if we find ourselves 2-0 down with 20 minutes to go, I can see the team collectively deciding that enough is enough.
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Hamgate. What actually happened?
at 07:57 29 Nov 2020

I have read a majority of the posts and am still not sure what happened. Can anyone who knows the facts explain:

A team sheet (?) was posted on here prior to the Lincoln game? Was it the players' squad announcement rather than the official team sheet which is the piece of paper handed to the referee?

Was it a photo which got posted on here? Who posted it?

How was Phil's 'ban' communicated and by whom?

Does Phil have SJA accreditation, meaning he can still have unfettered access at away games?

Is Phil prepared to comment on what happened, now that the dust is settling?

Also, but rhetorically. is Terry Hunt brave enough to go large with this story in the EADT tomorrow? He is great at destroying managers that he thinks are failing, but will he go for the club itself?

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So, is Lambert just a simple bully
at 22:22 21 Nov 2020

He is rude to Brenner because he knows that he can be, without fear of retribution.

He digs out young players for no apparent reason. In the big scheme of things they are pretty defenseless.

He is a far stronger character than Lee O'Neill, who should be over-seeing standards of conduct.

If he isn't a bully, then what is he?

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So, is this Lambert showing Evans that he will choose the style of play?
at 20:59 28 Jan 2020

The first half has been a million miles from Evans' description of how the team will play.
It is a stark message from Lambert to Evans that he,and only he, makes on-the-field football decisions.
It is not aligned with what Evans said to the media.
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Lambo's ability go manage upwards
at 11:45 29 Nov 2018

This is what it will come down to. Lambo's ability to manage Marcus Evans. He is a capable manager and he knows how to manage his squad of players, but he needs the tools to work with.
Mick, with all his affability, charm and humour still had his hands tied behind his back by Evans. I am desperately trying to find reasons why Lambo won't face the same fate.
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Expect fireworks with Jimmy Walker on the touchline
at 11:44 6 Nov 2018

I saw him operating in the technical area plenty of times in his Peterborough days, and let's just say that he is decidedly combative.
A big character, but a bit too fiery at times.
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Expect the scouting network to be laid off, as Lambo likes to 'subcontract'
at 06:50 29 Oct 2018

Based on his previous MO, this is likely to be what happens.

Just a hunch, but I think we will be seeing an influx of players from the North West, as well.

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Bomb Squad
at 06:06 29 Oct 2018

As of this morning, all players start equal and have until January to prove themselves or be in the Bomb Squad. Thus spake Lambert.

Who will rise to the occasion, and who will be sent to Siberia? How does Lambert avoid it becoming toxic if the defeats continue?
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This will develop into a power struggle between owner and manager.
at 05:52 26 Oct 2018

Lambert is always a man in a hurry. We have no idea what funding he has been promised, but it is fair to assume that in the first instance he will have agreed to cut out the deadwood with a view to building in January.

It will be savage, and the backdrop of discontent will be with us for many months while he tries to mould a squad.

And then the fun will begin, as he tries to squeeze funding from the owner. The three years might run their course, but there will be acrimony aplenty.

Revisit in Oct 2021 to see how the fun has unfolded...

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How much will it cost to oust Paul Hurst? £5m? £10m.
at 21:38 22 Oct 2018

Work it out. Severance with contract virtually new. £2m? New Manager will not come in without agreeing playing budget and will want three+ new players to give us a fighting chance. Cost? £5-7m?

Conclusion. Evans will opt for relegation. If I was him, I probably would.
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How long before Terry Hunt gives us his hugely-valued opinion in EADT?
at 06:57 21 Oct 2018

Like a Roman Emperor giving the thumbs-down, the self-appointed guru has abused his position by sticking the boot in on Magilton and others, through the medium of his strictly home-spun and decidedly amateur thoughts. Tomorrow's EADT might be interesting.
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Ditch Doig. Last throw of the dice.
at 06:24 21 Oct 2018

Paul Hurst is probably too decent a man to throw Doig under a bus, and find someone whose style, personality and attitude are less antediluvian. But I can see no other way in which he has any chance of stopping the rot. If he does it now it will lift the squad, and it might just buy him six or eight more games to prove his worth.
His interview was so lacking in confidence that he looks past the point of being capable of making such a big decision.

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Yorkshire Mick versus Suffolk Thick
at 14:55 8 Apr 2018

Inward-looking, recalcitrant and unreconstructed Suffolk bottom end of gene pool dwellers encounter worldly but blunt-talking Yorkshireman who expresses a few home truths with a directness for which his County-folk are renowned.

Are they able to absorb and learn from his feedback? Will he bend and budge?

It's not really funny, as it lessens and belittles all of us through association.
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Karl Robinson
at 07:14 1 Apr 2018

If he got an interview, he would be the one to Magiltonise them with his personality and charisma.

Oh, and he would probably be right for the job.
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Mogga is a slighty inferior manager, and distictly more depressive
at 22:25 16 Mar 2018

So why would an intelligent club owner consider such a change?
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Mick is getting the best out of the players he has.
at 11:08 14 Mar 2018

Many will argue, but they will be wrong.

The fact that he outs people asking daft questions, and calls a spade a spade, adds to his appeal in my opinion. If other managers want to kowtow to people asking dopey questions, then that is their problem.

If I had to take a side, it would be Mick's. He ain't perfect, but keeping us in mid table is better than 9 out of 10 other managers would achieve.
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