‘How’s he still here?’ – These Ipswich fans react to senior club figure’s comments

Ipswich Town were plunged into further disarray today as manager Paul Lambert refused to answer salient questions about comments he made recently.

The Tractor Boys are enduring a torrid season, languishing eleventh in the table, five points outside the top six and 13 points off leaders Lincoln City. After drawing 0-0 with Northampton Town in midweek, pressure has been increasing on the beleaguered manager, who exiled Jon Nolan and Kayden Jackson to the Under 23s. He refused to be drawn too far on why the two were exiled, instead saying: “I need players that are going to dig in. We’re in a real hard moment and you need players that are going to dig in. I’m not having it. I’ve never had any player do that.

“I’m not naming names or anything like that. But I’ve never had any player at any level – and I’ve played at the top level and managed at the top level – and I’ve never had anybody saying that to me.”

East Anglian Daly Time journalist Stuart Watson attempted to get some clarity on the situation today, but Lambert refused point-blank to answer his questions, threatening to walk out of the virtual press conference if he were pushed further.

He was also asked to respond to comments he made after the Northampton game, where he was asked what was wrong with the club. His reply was: “It’s everything. For me, it’s everything. I’m not sure. The structure… everything. It’s not right, 100 per cent, the structure.”

Those comments left some ambiguity as to exactly which areas he meant, so again he was pressed on the issue. Again, the reply was dismissive, leaving journalist Watson to wrap up the interview.

It’s fair to say Lambert is not a popular figure at Portman Road right now. Fans have protested at training, letting off flairs, and since been labelled as ‘not real fans’ by the manager. That, along with the recent comments, have left Ipswich fans furious on social media. Given the number of people commenting, it is fair to say that they represent a cross-section of support too, which is dissatisfied and disillusioned.

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