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Ipswich appoint former Norwich boss Lambert as new manager

Championship strugglers Ipswich have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager. Credit: PA

Championship strugglers Ipswich have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager.

Lambert succeeds Paul Hurst, who was sacked on Thursday, and has signed a contract until the summer of 2021.

Ipswich are bottom of the Sky Bet Championship with only one win in 14 games and Lambert's appointment is an intriguing one.

The 49-year-old Scot was in charge of Ipswich's great rivals Norwich between 2009 and 2012 and he becomes the first man to manage both clubs.

"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 told the official club website.

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

Ipswich snap up former Newcastle defender

Ipswich Town have signed former Newcastle United centre-back Steven Taylor on a free transfer.

The defender has a spell at Portland Timbers last year but has now returned to English football by penning a deal at Portman Road.

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Ipswich Town sign non-league striker Moore

Championship side Ipswich Town have completed the signing of striker Kieffer Moore from Forest Green Rovers.

The tall forward started his career at Truro and has also played for Yeovil Town and Torquay United.

Assombalonga and Forest too good for Ipswich

Britt Assombalonga was on the mark. Credit: PA

Britt Assombalonga scored twice - included one after just 17 seconds - as Nottingham Forest kept their first clean sheet of the season with a well-deserved 2-0 win at Ipswich.

The striker took advantage of horrendous defending from the out-of-sorts home side to grab a goal at the start and end of the first half.

Ipswich threw bodies forward after the interval but struggled to break down a resolute Forest backline, who had come into the game with the second worst defensive record in the Championship.

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Murphy brace enough for Ipswich against Blackburn

Mick McCarthy will be pleased with the win. Credit: PA

Birthday boy Daryl Murphy scored his first goals for two months as Ipswich continued their push for a play-off place with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn.

Two second-half goals were the difference in a largely dismal match as the Ipswich striker scored from the penalty spot after Luke Chambers was pulled down and then made the points safe three minutes before the end.

The scoreline was slightly harsh on a Blackburn side who matched a team with designs on the top six, but they lacked a clinical marksman like Murphy, who celebrated his 33rd birthday in style

Bid to wind up Ipswich Town over tax debt dismissed in High Court

A specialist judge has dismissed an application by tax officials to wind up Sky Bet Championship club Ipswich.

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HM Revenue and Customs had lodged a petition, but barrister Fiona Dewar, who represented tax bosses, told Registrar Clive Jones at a High Court hearing in London on Monday that the debt had been paid in full.

She gave no indication of the size of the sum.

Barrister Charles Sinclair, who represented the Suffolk club, confirmed that the debt had been paid and the judge dismissed the winding-up application.

Outside court, Mr Sinclair said he could not comment.

Portsmouth shock Championship Ipswich

Paul Cook is into round four. Credit: PA

Marc McNulty scored one goal and made another as Portsmouth stunned ten-man Championship club Ipswich with a 2-1 FA Cup third round replay win at Fratton Park.

Two goals in five first-half minutes from Ipswich old-boy Gary Roberts and McNulty booked League Two Pompey a fourth-round date with Premier League neighbours Bournemouth.

It was a notable scalp for the 2008 winners who went close to knocking Ipswich out in the initial tie at Portman Road, denied by a late leveller.

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