Marcus Evans (left) said Paul Lambert left Ipswich Town because of « significant disagreements ». Photos: Archant
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Marcus Evans, owner of the city of Ipswich, says Paul Lambert’s layoff tonight was due to « significant disagreement ».
Lambert and his assistant Stuart Taylor have left by mutual agreement after the past four and a half An agreement had been reached years of their contracts.
Fan groups called for Lambert to be fired in November. Then, on December 3, Evans Lambert gave a public vote of confidence after the fired Scot blasted « nonsense negativity ». This joke came after a bad run (10 points from nine games) in which his team slipped in the League One table just like in 2019/20.
The bad form of the Blues continued and after a 0-1 – Home defeat to Peterborough on January 23, EADT and Ipswich Star ran a front page calling for Evans to make a change of manager. Again Evans went public with his support from Lambert.
Then, after fan protests at the training ground and a dreary goalless draw with Northampton Town less than two weeks ago, Lambert said that “everything” was wrong with the club structure and that everyone in the club would have to sit down and discuss the way forward.
He repeated these comments to a national audience on talkSPORT the following day, but later refused to elaborate on what he meant and then laughed over speculation that a « massive crisis meeting » with Evans had been brought forward.
It is believed that there was a heated exchange when the couple met last Thursday evening and then triggered negotiations about Lambert’s payout. </ Lambert was still responsible for Saturday's 2-1 home win over Doncaster Rovers, and afterwards said he was 99% sure he would Club would leave if the reported US takeover takes place.
It is also believed that a new manager was likely not appointed in time for Tuesday night’s game at Accrington Stanley.
The first team coach Matt Gill and keeper coach Jimmy Walker, both appointed by Lambert, have played a more central role in team selection over the past few weeks and appear most likely to take responsibility for the caretaker. U-23 boss Kieron Dyer is a strong candidate to join them on the contact line as well. « I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Paul and Stuart for their service to Ipswich Town over the past two and a half years, » said Evans on the club’s website.
« During our time together, I had a healthy working relationship with Paul and he brought many positive aspects to the club.
» I know that he has his thoughts on what is needed is to move Ipswich Town forward and I respect his opinion, but this year – with the pandemic and no real income for the club – was the biggest financial challenge we faced in my time as owners.
» However, after discussions over the past few days, it has become apparent that there is significant disagreement over the order of the immediate priorities and we agreed that it is best for us to part. I want to wish both Paul and Stuart all the best for the future. “
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