Lambert issues message to Evans

Town boss Paul Lambert has no plans to shake hands with his Gillingham counterpart Steve Evans tomorrow evening.

The two clashed during Town’s 1-0 win at Gillingham three weeks ago with Evans claiming Lambert had said something ‘rather concerning’ during the game and in turn reported the Town boss to The FA.

When asked about the reunion with Evans during tomorrow nights trophy match, Lambert said: “I’ll give it the respect and credence it deserves. That’s it, I’ve nothing to say about him.”

He confirmed he would blank fellow Glaswegian Evans: “If that’s the way he wants to work, then no problem, but don’t expect me to shake your hand before it and don’t expect me to shake your hand after it. Nobody’s ever done that to me.”

Meanwhile, Evans, unaware of his impending snub, says he is ready to make up and move on. 

“Me and Paul normally have a good relationship,” he said. “We both wanted to win the game so badly. Both of us went home that night and were probably disappointed.

“We will have a handshake before the game and probably have a glass of wine afterwards. We have done that before as managers.

“He is passionate. He is a brilliant manager and he will take Ipswich back into the Championship, in one hit. He did it at Norwich and he will do it again. They will be a much better club in the Championship (as supposed to) with what he inherited.”

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