IF PAUL DISPLAYS PASSION, HE’LL WIN FANS OVER
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