Karl Fuller: 'I want the fans to be cared for, as much as we have cherished the club all these years'
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Wow, what a few days it has been for us Ipswich Town fans.
The latest saga of the ITFC soap opera came to a conclusion on Sunday night with the next script potentially becoming even more explosive in the coming days and weeks.
Just as I and many of you had settled down at the end of another weekend, and with my original column happily posted off to HQ a few hours earlier, news broke of Paul Lambert’s mutual separation from the club.
It has finally happened.
It really had become 'when', rather than 'if', and there was apparently a heated exchange with Marcus Evans on Thursday and Friday - the final straw?
Is the potential takeover much closer than we are anticipating?
I found it strange that if it is because of the former, why was Lambert taking charge of Saturday’s game against Doncaster? Why did he go Sunday night rather than say Monday morning?
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- 7 Murder suspect arrested after woman found dead at country park
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- 9 Suspected drink driver charged after police dog tracks down man hiding in a ditch
- 10 Managing director of popular zoos steps down after 28 years
The timing seems very bizarre to me but either way, I feel a huge relief. And I tell you something else. No member of the ‘be careful what you wish for’ club will be able to throw that comment at me in times ahead.
To put it bluntly, most of Lambert’s era on the pitch will go down as a disaster.
Having brought back a feel-good factor to the club in his first few months (which I give him due credit for), recognising the club had no relationship with its supporters, this was all with a backdrop of a 'free-hit' as we limped to relegation thanks to the earlier chaos caused by Paul Hurst.
Lambert, in truth, still had more than six months in which he undoubtedly could have done better. Then, the way last season panned out and for much of this, there’s nothing I will remember of his time positively.
His failure to beat top sides until the past week was reason enough for him to go. His overall tally of results against top ten sides of last season and the current top ten this, ended with just six wins in 32 attempts, with Saturday’s win over Doncaster doubling his Portman Road wins from these games to two in 16 matches.
His relationship with the media became tetchy, boorish and an embarrassment to our name. So, we now wait with both excitement and some trepidation as to who will be next in the hot-seat. The potential takeover will no doubt reveal all if that happens sooner than we expected.
We have had nothing to enthuse about for far too long and can now be cautiously optimistic that things might just take a turn for the better.
We needed a change from top to bottom.
The first part of this is complete. Let’s hope the second part comes to fruition. We need a structure, a viable vision and above all else, hope.
I had no hope until Sunday night. I want to hope that our realistic expectations can be achieved. I do not want the moon on a stick. I want communication, transparency, an infrastructure and I want the fans to be cared for and thought of as much as we have cherished the club for oh so many years.
We have interesting times ahead to look forward to.
So, thank you Paul for what you brought to the club in your early days. You at least got crowds back up to the 20k mark.
I would also like to offer my sympathies to Stuart Taylor for the loss of his father last week.
And finally for this week, I wish my good mate Kevin Painter all the best following his recent retirement from the PDC Darts scene. If you didn’t already know, Kevin is a massive Ipswich fan.
We exchange text messages after most games and have attended many games together over the last few years.
He is very passionate about the Blues and leaves nothing behind in his support. I know that he will be an excellent entertainer in his exhibitions to come when he can and I urge you to go along to see him in action.
All the best mate.