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Third in the league and three points off second with a positive goal difference. From the outside, it’s probably difficult to understand why so many Ipswich fans are upset with the current management and demanding change, but those in-and-around the club know what the real story is.

It doesn’t seem long ago I was writing about two ‘massive games on the horizon’ as Town were due to host Hull and Charlton – and we know how those two went.

This time around it’s arguably two tougher tests, with Portsmouth and a trip to Peterborough all in the next seven days with Burton Albion at home in the middle.

Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler
Ipswich Town fan Joey Sadler

You may have noticed (!) but personally I am done with Paul Lambert now and think he should have been relieved of his duties after the catastrophic failure last season. I can’t help but feel the ex-Aston Villa man is not up to the task and certainly is not the man to take us up.

That said, I’m never going to wish defeat or failure for my club and, of course, I hope he does manage to get some results quickly.

You have to think that this could be Paul Lambert’s most crucial time as a manager yet. With his CV already damaged before joining the Blues in 2018, and after yet another relegation and failure to get promoted, it’s difficult to see what job he could go on to next, should he ever leave Portman Road. I wouldn’t imagine he will get a job at a club the size of Ipswich again.

If he has any hope of turning it around then it simply has to happen now, and just think what a win against fourth place Portsmouth, another three points at Burton Albion and a positive result at Peterborough could do for his reputation.

Time to shape up, Lambo. The club is an absolute mess with many off-field problems nearly as bad as what we’re seeing on the pitch. It really is now or never and that has to start with nothing else but a win against Portsmouth on Saturday.