Ipswich Town lead the way in League One, with Paul Lambert’s side yet to taste defeat in the third tier.
The Scotsman took over the Tractor Boys during last season after they had endured a dismal start to life under Paul Hurst after he was tasked with changing things following Mick McCarthy’s tenure.
Whilst Lambert was only appointed at the end of the October, most recognised he had inherited a club in a awful position and it became apparent very quickly that it would be about a rebuilding project in the third tier.
However, given the boss’ connections with bitter rivals Norwich City, combined by the fact he had struggled in his most recent managerial positions, it’s fair to say the decision to bring in Lambert did not go down well – as we see on our FLW Rewind…
Awful decision, worst day in history of the club 🙁
— Lee (@Official_LeeA) October 27, 2018
Welcome indeed – another contract two years longer than he’ll probably need!
— Gordon M (@gordonm64) October 27, 2018
I suggest you win the fans over quickly 🙄
Good luck I hope for all us ITFC Supporters it works out to he a genius appointment 🙏
— w1funcasinos.co.uk (@w1funcasinos) October 27, 2018
WTAF. Not progressive, plus Norwich connections. This is desperate
— Ed Yew (@ed_yew) October 27, 2018
Baffles me how managers like him still continue to get half decent jobs! Announce relegation
— Jordan Montague (@jordanlmontague) October 27, 2018
Of course, the 50-year-old will have been completely aware that his time at Carrow Road would have already put him at a disadvantage and that he needed instant results.
That didn’t happen but Lambert impressed with his manner and the way he spoke about turning things around, although the big test was always going to be how they started this season.
The board didn’t exactly back the manager with significant funds and he had to be smart in his recruitment – which is exactly what happened.
As well as finding a few gems, the former Wolves chief has instilled a real togetherness not just in the group but the whole club and after years of disharmony, fans are now excited going to Portman Road.
On paper, Ipswich should be in the mix for promotion but that doesn’t look at the overall job Lambert has done. He has transformed things as he approaches a year in charge and the future looks bright under his guidance – something most didn’t envisage.
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