Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has taken aim at his former club Stoke City ahead of the club’s clash this weekend, saying that they should be in the top two, report the club’s official Twitter account.
Lambert was given the Potters’ job mid-way through last season after Mark Hughes was sacked but was unable to save them from relegation.
“I have a lot of respect for Stoke City, It’s a terrific football club,” Lambert told his pre-match press conference.
“Because of the structure it has, Stoke should be in the top two.
“They’ve got a hell of a squad & they’ve kept most of the players from last season, but the Championship isn’t easy.”
He managed just two wins from his 15 games in charge at the Bet365 Stadium and was sacked at the end of the season, despite signing a two-year deal.
Ipswich will be desperate for a win on Saturday to kick-start their survival push having won just once all season and with Lambert yet to taste success with his new club.
They currently sit rock bottom of the Championship on 11 points and a full seven behind Bolton Wanderers who sit just one place above them.
I feel like there could well be some ill-feeling between Lambert and Stoke after last season.
Lambert probably feels he deserved a chance to take the club back into the Premier League from the Championship and frankly that is fair enough.
He was only given half a transfer window in order to make changes after all.