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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.

Forum Thread on this very issue.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 28 2013

Time: 8:00AM

 

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