Ipswich Town’s new manager Paul Lambert wants to turn over a new leaf of his managerial career at Portman Road, and wants to be judged by how he performs at his new club, rather than his past success and failures at previous clubs.
Lambert arrives at Portman Road with a massive challenge ahead of him. In his short spell with the Tractor Boys, Paul Hurst signed a series of players from League One, and the majority have failed to make a good impression at Town have dropped to bottom of the table after 15 games.
The 49-year-old has had varying fortunes at his former clubs, enjoying success in his spells at Colchester United and Norwich City especially. However, his spells at Blackburn Rovers, Wolves and Stoke City have all ended in the Scotsman leaving by mutual consent.
Former Scotland defender Lambert is looking to turn over a new leaf at his new side. He spoke to the BBC ahead of his managerial debut for Ipswich against Preston North End this weekend.
“I don’t want to go back to the Norwich time, because it was seven years ago.
“I had three fantastic years there, but I don’t want to hark back because I want to focus on Ipswich now, to try to get this club away from the bottom of the table.
“Time moves – you have to let that go and never look back. They’re great memories that’ll never be diminished, but I’m here for Ipswich and I’m going to try and do everything I can to make them successful.”
The former Norwich manager went on to deny rumours of a £10m budget for the January transfer window to help Lambert steer the club away from relegation.
“It does make me laugh, because I haven’t even seen that figure or spoken about anything like that,” Lambert added.
“I’m 100% sure we’ll see a different team on Saturday. The atmosphere will be different in the stadium, I’m sure, and we have to play on the front foot.
“I don’t want to be judged by past success and failures, I’ll be judged from now on in and hopefully we’ll climb that table.”