FORMER Celtic and Scotland skipper Paul Lambert has agreed a new contract to continue as Ipswich Town manager until the summer of 2025 at least.
The ex-midfielder has been in charge at Portman Road since October 2018 and had 18 months remaining on his current deal before penning the additional four-year extension.
Lambert has guided the team to fourth place in League One, but they have not won a game since November 5 and slumped to a 5-3 defeat against Lincoln at the weekend.
The 50-year-old gaffer signed his new deal before the 1-1 draw with Wycombe and owner Marcus Evans said his decision to offer an extension was down to his desire to support a management team in the long term.
Evans, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “Football management is a precarious business and I have stated many times the importance of having a long-term vision which is executed by a management team who are confident that they will be given time to continually improve the performance and quality of the squad.
“The coaching group led by the manager have done a fantastic job in turning a fragile environment – following last season’s relegation – into one where we have a mental expectation to win every game.
“The last few matches have seen results not go our way, however, we should not lose sight of the fact that we have lost only five games in the league in the first half of the season and are performing better at the halfway point than nearly every team that suffered relegation last year from any division.
“Paul has developed a strong squad and has been a catalyst in the club’s re-engagement with fans, including playing a role in helping to bring new supporters to Portman Road.
“I am, therefore, pleased to announce that Paul and I reached agreement last month to extend his current deal for an additional four years and we are now able to officially announce the new contract.”
Lambert had previously managed at Livingston, Wycombe, Colchester United, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Blackburns Rovers, Wolves and Stoke City before taking over at Ipswich.