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Paul Lambert: Ipswich Town confirm appointment of former Norwich City boss as their new manager

Paul Lambert led Norwich City to promotion to the Premier League in 2011. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed the appointment of former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert as their new manager.

The 49-year-old has signed a contract at Portman Road until 2021 and replaces Paul Hurst who was sacked on Thursday.

The Scot becomes the first manager to manage both East Anglian clubs.

During a hugely successful time with the Canaries, he led them to back-to-back promotions from League One to The Premier League in 2010 and 2011, and also masterminded them to 4-1 and 5-1 victories over Ipswich in their promotion-winning season from The Championship.

Since then, he has had spells at Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Wolves and Stoke City.

Lambert left Stoke in May after they were relegated from the Premier League. Credit: PA

Lambert will watch his new team in action from the stands at Millwall on Saturday, with Bryan Klug remaining in caretaker charge, before officially starting work next week.

He inherits a Town side currently bottom of The Championship, having won just one game all season.

“I can’t wait to get going and I’ll be using all my experience - and give everything I’ve got for Ipswich Town," Lambert said.

“I know about the history of the club, what a fantastic football club it is and I’m proud to be the manager here.

“Obviously it’s been a difficult start to the season but to get through this period we need to be pulling together as one - players, staff and supporters.

“I want us to play with tempo, with enthusiasm, with drive. I want the players to enjoy their football and I’m relishing the challenge of helping to take this club forward.”

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Owner Marcus Evans has backed Lambert to be the man to get Ipswich out of their current predicament and says he has all the credentials to be a success at Portman Road.

“I am delighted that Paul has agreed to become manager of Ipswich Town,” said Evans.

“He made it clear from our first conversation that he would relish the opportunity to come here.

“He is a very knowledgeable manager who has vast experience of the Championship as well as working for a number of years in the Premier League.

"He obviously enjoyed a lot of success at our local rivals and the aim for Paul and everyone at the club is to see that repeated here - and bettered!

“The first priority though is to start climbing the table and I urge the supporters to get right behind our new manager and the players to strengthen our ability to do that.”

Lambert's first match is likely to be against Preston North End next Saturday, while he's bound to get a frosty reception when he takes his Town team to Carrow Road for the second East Anglian Derby on February 10 next year.

Former Norwich midfielder Matt Gill will be part of Lambert's backroom team. Credit: PA

He'll be joined by Norwich Under-23s Head Coach Matt Gill who has left the Canaries to take on the role of first team coach at Ipswich, while Lambert's assistant will be Stuart Taylor - who was also by his side at Wolves and Stoke.

Former Scotland judo international Jim Henry as been appointed the new first team fitness coach.

Under-18s coach David Wright, ironically a former Ipswich player, will look after Norwich's Under-23s for their PL2 match with Fulham on Monday evening.