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Ex-Ca­nary Paul does fit Town bill

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

IF YOU had told Ip­swich Town fans at the start of the sea­son that Paul Lam­bert would be their man­ager be­fore Oc­to­ber was out, they would have thought you were crack­ers.

For one thing, Paul Hurst had only been ap­pointed as man­ager over the sum­mer and there were high hopes that he could do a good job fol­low­ing his ex­ploits with Shrews­bury Town last sea­son.

No-one ex­pected the Shrews to be up at the top end of the ta­ble all sea­son long in League One, though the cam­paign did end in dis­ap­point­ment with League One play-off fi­nal and Check­a­trade Tro­phy fi­nal de­feats at Wem­b­ley.

Nonethe­less, there was be­lief that Hurst could rein­vig­o­rate the Trac­tor Boys af­ter the Mick Mc­Carthy era ended in some­what sour fash­ion.

It wasn’t to be and Hurst’s trou­bled ten­ure – in­clud­ing just one win – came to an end af­ter their 2-0 de­feat at Leeds on Wed­nes­day night.

In ad­di­tion, if the Trac­tor Boys were go­ing to make a change, then few would have pre­dicted they would plump for a former Norwich City man­ager to re­place Hurst.

But that is how se­ri­ous the sit­u­a­tion has be­come.

The Trac­tor Boys are stuck in the brown stuff and some­one needs to get them out be­fore they end up in League One.

So while vir­tu­ally all Ip­swich fans would pre­fer not to have a former Canaries man­ager in charge, many are re­al­is­tic enough to know that he does pro­vide the club with the op­por­tu­nity to move up the ta­ble and se­cure their sta­tus.

Okay, the former Scot­land mid­fielder’s star is not as bright as his early man­age­rial days when he earned two pro­mo­tions with Norwich, guid­ing them to the Premier League in the process.

He has done the rounds to a cer­tain ex­tent since then with spells at As­ton Villa, Black­burn, Wolves and, most re­cently, Stoke.

Per­haps he has taken one or two wrong turns, but he is an ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager and you would ex­pect him to make Ip­swich com­pet­i­tive at the very least in the Cham­pi­onship.

He will have seen the size of the task ahead of him at The Den yes­ter­day in Ip­swich’s 3-0 de­feat against Mill­wall. It won’t be easy to turn their for­tunes around, but he has the abil­ity to do it.

Most Ip­swich fans would set­tle for that right now.

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