Ipswich Town defender James Wilson says that protests from the club’s fans against manager Paul Lambert are not helping the Tractor Boy’s squad.
Lambert has increasingly come under fire in recent weeks following Ipswich’s poor recent form, and that led to a protest at the club’s training ground on Monday, where flares were let off and chants calling for the manager’s departure were heard from a small group of the club’s supporters.
The following night saw Ipswich play out a goalless draw with struggling Northampton, and Wilson believes that those actions from the fans are not helping the players.
Speaking about those protests in the aftermath of his side’s 0-0 draw with Oxford on Saturday, Wilson was quoted by The East Anglian Daily Times as saying: “I think it’s completely unhelpful to be honest. Obviously the fans have got their opinion – that’s great – but I don’t think that’s the way to go about it.
“That was before the Northampton game when we had the youngest side we’ve had out all season. So, yeah, it’s not helpful.”
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Following those two draws with Northampton and Oxford, Ipswich are now 12th in the League One table, six points adrift of the play-off places, having won just one of their last seven games.
Next up for Lambert and his side is a trip to the KCOM Stadium to face Hull City on Tuesday night.
You can certainly understand why Ipswich fans would be frustrated with where they are right now.
Given the size of the club and the squad they have available, they do seem to be falling short of what they should be doing, meaning those frustrations are justifiable.
However, the distractions caused by protests such as the one seen earlier this week are not going to help the club’s players, given the pressure they are already under with the club’s current position.
Indeed, you do also wonder what impact that could have on Ipswich’s potential to secure deals for either current players on new contracts, or possible new signings given the strength of those actions, meaning it does seem hard to see how they benefit the club as a whole.