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Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans reiterates backing for under-fire boss Paul Lambert

A new statement from the club has shown that Ipswich Town's under-fire manager Paul Lambert retains the full support of owner Marcus Evans.

Another opportunity to break their duck by beating a top 10 side in Sky Bet League One this season passed by on Saturday as Peterborough United came away from Portman Road with a 1-0 victory, seeing Town drop to ninth.

Despite only mustering one shot on target, in the 74th minute, Lambert spoke of his pride in the performance and said he 'couldn't have asked for more'.

Paul Lambert has once again received the backing of Ipswich Town owner Marcus EvansPicture: ITFC
Paul Lambert has once again received the backing of Ipswich Town owner Marcus EvansPicture: ITFC

Independent supporters' group Blue Action pinned up a mocked up newspaper front page on the gates at Portman Road highlighting their frustrations at the way the club is being run as well as reiterating their calls for Lambert to go.

And following what was a fifth home defeat in their last six games, the Archant-owned East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star has now joined the calls for Evans to make a change at the helm to save Town's season.

A comment piece from editor Brad Jones led the club to release a statement to them.

It read: “While we are very disappointed that the EADT/Ipswich Star has taken this stance, we fully understand the frustrations of supporters with recent results.

“The performances and results of the opening stages of the season have not been mirrored over the last two months or so and the manager, staff and players are fully aware that there needs to be an improvement if we are to achieve the goal of promotion back to the Championship this year.

“Owner Marcus Evans has recently reiterated his support for the manager and with players now coming back from injury and the recent addition of Josh Harrop and Luke Thomas to add competition to the squad, he - and everyone at the club - remains fully behind the management and players in the challenge ahead.

“We are two points off the play-offs with games in hand on nearly all the clubs above us and we have not yet reached the halfway point in the season. There is a lot of football to be played yet, 75 points up for grabs in what is a very challenging season on many fronts.

“So yes, we understand the frustrations of the local newspaper and yes, we understand the frustrations of the supporters. The manager, his staff and the players are frustrated as well but they are determined to turn those frustrations into celebrations.”

Meanwhile, TWTD - with reporter and owner Phil Ham still banned from player and manager press conferences at the behest of Lambert over a forum post naming a team on the day of a game - has also backed the calls for a change.

Town are back in action tomorrow night when they host seventh-placed Sunderland (7.45pm).

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