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Ipswich Town could be looking to bring in a manager with a wealth of experience, with former Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock being lined up as a potential replacement for Paul Lambert, should the Scot be sacked, according to the print edition of the Sunday Mirror (March 1st, Page 74).
The Tractor Boys have fallen off the pace in League One in the last few weeks with only one win in their last five outings, form that now leaves them down in ninth place in the table, just outside the play-off places.
Would Warnock be a good replacement for Lambert at Ipswich?
Ethan van Ristell
“Although Paul Lambert signed a contract extension at Ipswich at the start of the new year, things have not gone to plan for the Tractorboys boss since then.
“The club languish in 9th place in League One and have lost five of their last seven league games, hence why his position is in jeopardy.
“If the hierarchy are seriously considering Warnock as a replacement for Lambert, he would be an excellent choice. The 71-year-old has years of experience, and it could be argued that he is too good of a manager to drop down to League One.
“However, he has previously said that retirement was on his mind, which begs the question if he would take this opportunity if it arose.”
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“Lambert’s form hasn’t been good enough this season to warrant him staying on beyond the summer and a change could be on the cards before long.
“Warnock clearly has a proven track record of clinching promotion in the EFL but the majority of his time has been spent in the Championship, not League One.
“I’m not convinced that Ipswich should be going down this route with a new manager as Lambert presented a similar mould of league experience when they appointed him.
“It hasn’t been a successful appointment and they have already given him time by allowing him to oversee their first season in League One, so there’s no guarantee that Warnock would come in and do well.”
“This would be a massive coup for the Tractor Boys if they secure a manager of Neil Warnock’s calibre.
“The former Cardiff boss has great experience of managing at all levels of the Football League pyramid and would surely have no qualms about taking on another big job.
“Things haven’t been straightforward for Lambert and it would be fair to say that if promotion isn’t achieved this term, the Scot could well be axed by the Ipswich hierarchy.
“Warnock isn’t getting any younger, so it would be intriguing to see if he would be open to returning to the managerial hot seat once more.”