Reports: Warnock ‘waiting in the wings’ to replace Paul Lambert

According to the Sunday Mirror, Neil Warnock is said to be ‘waiting in the wings’ should Town and Paul Lambert part ways.

The former Sheffield United, Cardiff and QPR boss had previously refused to rule himself out of a potential management job at Ipswich Town, but that news was quickly followed by the announcement of a new five-year deal for current boss Paul Lambert. A deal which we understand has clauses inserted should Town fail to make the play-offs this season.

The much travelled manager is looking for one last job between now and the end of the season before retiring from the game.

Warnock, who has eight promotions on his CV, has been mentioned as one of the possible successors if current manager Paul Lambert walks out on Town.

The 71 year old, who knows Evans, has been spoken to about taking over at Town in the past, most notably after Roy Keane’s departure in 2012.

Speaking on Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast Show (from 09:40 onwards), when asked if he had ‘itchy feet’ and wanted to get back in management, Warnock replied: “After Christmas, I’ll do something, I’m not bothered about what level it is, I’ll do something till the end of the season, if its (the job) the right one, if its something that wets my appetite.”

Warnock was then asked directly about the potential of managing Ipswich, Warnock replied: “I get linked with everything, all managers do… but if the right thing comes up, I’m not bothered what it is, I just want to enjoy myself until the end of the season really”.

Warnock is 12 games short of 1500 as a manager and is open about his desire to reach the milestone this season. But would a short term fix of the popular manager provide a decent platform for stability at Portman Road?

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