1. ITV Report

Paul Lambert: 'I'll give the Ipswich Town job everything I've got'

Paul Lambert promised Ipswich Town fans "he'll give everything" to keep his new club in The Championship after he was officially unveiled on Tuesday.

The Scot famously guided Norwich to back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League in 2010 and 2011, but has now taken charge of their fiercest rivals.

Lambert inherits an Ipswich team that are cut adrift at the bottom of The Championship, having only picked up nine points all season.

During his first press conference, he urged Town fans to forget about his Norwich past and talked about his plans for potentially improving the squad in January.

Here are the main talking points...

  • Lambert on taking the Ipswich job
Ipswich are currently bottom of The Championship. Credit: PA

I'm proud to be here, I can't wait to get going.

I've got a group of lads that want to do well, which is really important, and I've got a club that wants to do well.

There's a big, big support behind this football club as well and I think that's my main focus, Ipswich Town.

This is my club now and I'll do everything I can. I'll throw everything I've got at it.

People who know me down this neck of the woods know that that's exactly what I'll do.

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager
  • Lambert on his Norwich connections
Lambert was a big success at rivals Norwich. Credit: PA

I don't want to go back to the Norwich time, that was seven years ago.

I had three fantastic years, with everybody. Not just myself, the staff, the players who actually did it, the supporters.

I had three fantastic years there, but I'm only focussed on Ipswich now to try and get this football club away from the bottom of the table.

I don't want to be judged on past successes or failures, I'll be judged from now on, and hopefully we'll climb up that table.

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager
  • Paul Lambert on the importance of the Town fans
Lambert has urged Ipswich fans to get behind him. Credit: PA

I saw them on Saturday when I was at Millwall, and for a team that are sitting bottom of the table, they were excellent. They were right behind the players.

I'm sure that if we win games, it doesn't matter who's there, they'll get right behind the football club.

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager
  • Lambert on the January transfer window
Lambert takes training alongside Matt Gill (left). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Once January comes, I'll deal with it. Winning football games is more important at the minute.

I know the lads haven't won many games, but we should still have a squad good enough to win games and do better than what they're doing - that's important.

My job is to get them trying to do different things, and getting them to play the way I think they should play. That's what I intend to do.

I'm pretty sure myself and Marcus (Evans) will have a talk come January. I'm pretty sure we'll look at that and hopefully add to the squad come January.

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager
  • Lambert on Ipswich's history
John Wark helped Ipswich win the UEFA Cup back in 1981. Credit: PA

I know it's a huge club, there's a great history behind it.

But, we have to start somewhere. You respect the history of the club because of the great players there's been here, but we can't be compared to years gone.

We have to do our own little bit, and you respect the history because it's huge, but we have to have a chance to do it ourselves.

And if we do that, we'll do fine this year.

– Paul Lambert, Ipswich Town manager