IF PAUL DIS­PLAYS PAS­SION, HE’LL WIN FANS OVER

The Football League Paper - - DAVID CONNOLLY -

WILL for­mer Nor­wich man­ager Paul Lam­bert be able to win over the fans of his new club, Ip­swich Town? In my opin­ion, the an­swer to that ques­tion is yes.

Af­ter I left Southamp­ton at the end of the 2011-12 sea­son and had a spell out through in­jury, I re­turned to foot­ball at… Portsmouth.

Maybe it helped that the clubs were at dif­fer­ent lev­els at the time, but the re­ac­tion I had was fine.

Fans want to see sim­ple things. They want to see play­ers get­ting stuck in, work­ing hard and never giv­ing up. That will go a long way even if you’ve played for a ri­val be­fore.

Re­gard­ing man­agers, sup­port­ers want to see them on the side­lines be­ing in­volved, play­ing ev­ery pass and head­ing ev­ery ball. They want to see them ap­peal­ing for de­ci­sions and fight­ing their club’s cor­ner.

I think Paul Lam­bert will be okay. The Ip­swich fans will for­get pretty quickly about his Nor­wich con­nec­tions when he starts get­ting re­sults.

I thought he spoke well at his first Press con­fer­ence and will al­ready have got some doubters on his side. He’s got some home game early on – three of his first four games in charge are at Port­man Road – and it’s im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to see him.

He needs to make those ges­tures and small touches to get the fans on-side. Get­ting the team away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone would also work won­ders.

SWITCH: Paul Lam­bert

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