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Paul Lambert: Ipswich Town manager vows to stay at the club - even if they're relegated

Paul Lambert has committed his future to Ipswich. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has confirmed he'll definitely be at the club next season - even if Town are relegated to League One.

Ipswich are currently bottom of the Championship and seven points from safety.

However, Lambert says he's already assured owner Marcus Evans that regardless of what happens between now and May, he won't be going anywhere.

Assistant manager Stuart Taylor, first-team coach Matt Gill, fitness coach Jim Henry and goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker will all be at Portman Road next season as well after positive talks with Evans.

Former Norwich boss Lambert was appointed manager in October following the sacking of Paul Hurst and is already a big hit with Town supporters.

Lambert has promised to stay at Portman Road. Credit: PA

“Marcus (Evans) made it clear he wants me and my staff here next season whatever happens over the next four months and I made it clear we want to be here so it was a pretty easy conversation to have,” Lambert said.

“I’m fully committed to this job. I don’t know any other way. This is a fantastic football club. It’s just lost its way a bit. I’m here, my staff are here, to help it.

“I want to see this job through, help turn the club around. I’ve said before, it’s not normal to see the support we are getting from the fans when you are bottom of the league. Imagine what this place would be like if the team was winning games every week. It would be crazy.

“I want to be here to see that. It’s my job to try and help make it happen and get the club back competing where it should be."

Evans added that he's been delighted with the positivity Lambert has brought to Ipswich since his arrival.

“I have been hugely impressed by the impact Paul has made in his short time here and I think it’s important to reinforce the message to our supporters that Paul and his team are here for the long term," he said.

“This has been an incredibly tough season so far, however despite everything I feel positive that we have a manager and structure at the club which provides us with a clear identity going forward."