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Are We Fighting With The Press Again?

I'd hoped these days we're long over, but it appears the Birmingham Mail have upset our manager.

I only briefly caught this the other day and I'm not exactly sure what started it, but according to other press reports, Matt Kendrick was 'blanked' by Paul Lambert in the after Millwall match press briefing.

The Guardian reference the Mail's report of Randy Lerner's increased recent wealth and also a list of questions that the paper have submitted to the club going unanswered, and then say that our manager:

'...shunned every question from its correspondent. Four times he looked the other way and left the Millwall press room suspended in awkward silence. It was pathetic stuff. In his position, Lambert might be better advised trying to ingratiate himself with the local paper rather than masquerading as a junior Sir Alex Ferguson.'

Hardly gentle words are they.

The Mail to their credit haven't overly jumped on this, leaving Kendrick to simply slip into his after match report:

'It was the latest humiliation for Lambert, who refused to answer a series of questions from the Birmingham Mail, during his spiky post match press conference at The Den.'

It's never a good sign when the local press and the club fall out. Because it never ends there, it's a great chance for the Nationals to take a position, and that rarely is ever on the side of the club.

Hopefully this won't build into something it doesn't need to be, we all know we have better things to think about at the moment, let alone talk about, and the club certainly don't need to give anybody another line of attack on them.

Especially when things are tough on the pitch, any club and any manager, needs the press on side because if all fans are reading press are negative, critical attacks topped off with nonsense like ignoring certain outlets the mood changes very quickly indeed.

The local press need a relationship more than the nationals so usually remain more balanced in reporting and less reactionary following a game, the Mail have shown this by not yet jumping on this issue, and we all know how the nationals like to stick the boot in when they can without giving them further ammunition.

Let's hope sensible heads prevail.

After all, it's already circulating and I believe was discussed on Sky's Sunday Supplement this morning as well.

Whatever happened, this will not reflect well on the club.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 28 2013

Time: 8:00AM

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Just when you think things can't get any worse.....
kefkat
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28/01/2013 01:54:00

If he wants to stay here long term it isn't a very good idea to start burning your bridges.
Bikini Inspector
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28/01/2013 08:22:00

Agree, when the pressure is on you dont turn on the papers who can make that pressure even worse. I always said PL was either very brave or very naive. Seems to be the latter at the moment
son_of_cher
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28/01/2013 08:28:00

Pathetic, how poor is that, trying to be a mini me of Sir Alex,
andy3221
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28/01/2013 08:36:00

sunday supplement made it sound far worse than that article. Lambert was apparently upset by the paper's recent coverage (probably the front page where they had quotes from a bunch of ex villa players / managers after the Bradford debacle). Boo hoo if you weren't doing such a s&*t job they wouldn't be able to say nasty things about you would they. Lambert is a poor, poor manager who would have been found out this year at Norwich, he isn't struggling under the burden of previous failngs as many like to believe, he as compounded them and made things infinitely worse. He clearly cant take criticsm which explains his attitude towards experienced players. Absolute muppet and the sooner he leaves Villa Park the better.
AVbornandbred
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28/01/2013 09:10:00

Will be interesting to see how the post match pleasantries go after newcastle plunge more misery upon us. I can see things getting extremely toxic, both with the fans and press! IT AINT GUNNA BE PRETTY.
applesmoke
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28/01/2013 09:44:00

Lambert wants to take heed of Kenny Dalglish many believe it was his poor handling of press and tv that was the final tipping point with the Liverpool board.
Merlin128777
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28/01/2013 10:08:00

The more I see of Lambert, the more I dislike. Muppet.
BigFatRon
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28/01/2013 11:33:00

Not exactly a born communicator when he does answer a question. Not doing himself, the team or the club any favours. And if he's acting on Lerner's instructions, it is pathetic.
144wittonlane
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28/01/2013 12:07:00

Unless Merlin, he's trying to get sacked. He could easaily want to be put out of his misery but Randy wont pay him off !
son_of_cher
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28/01/2013 12:19:00

Trouble is nobody cares any more. Do they?
Winsforvilla
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28/01/2013 13:14:00

It is ridiculous, but perhaps the burning of bridges make just help in bringing down this rancid regime........
Pride of Lions
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28/01/2013 13:34:00

Oh, and another thing. If it does carry on does anyone think Lerner will get his henchmen (stewards) to ban the press from the press box? Could be interesting..........
Pride of Lions
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28/01/2013 13:38:00

I cant understand a word he says anyway.
Oscararc
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28/01/2013 17:23:00

 

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