Tonight’s EFL Trophy clash between Ipswich and Gillingham at Portman Road brings together Paul Lambert and Steve Evans for the first time since the managers’ spat last month.
When Ipswich won 1-0 at Gillingham in League One in September, Lambert accused Evans of refusing to shake his hand after the final whistle and described some of the Gills manager’s remarks during the game as “vile” and “a load of lies”, adding that the conduct of Evans towards him and his assistant Stuart Taylor was “a disgrace”. [via itfc.co.uk]
East Anglian Daily Times reported that Evans is willing to put the disagreement behind him and intends to shake his counterpart’s hand before the game, as well as sharing a post-match drink with him.
However, according to East Anglian Daily Times, Lambert doesn’t plan on reciprocating that intended goodwill, saying that he will “never interact with him again” after last month’s flare-up and will refuse any offers of a handshake.
These Ipswich fans on Twitter seem to be eagerly anticipating further fireworks between Lambert and Evans tonight:
It could be more interesting watching events unravel on the touchline tonight!
— Christian Davies (@Christi58198460) October 8, 2019
“Please be my friend again, Paul. I didn’t mean those mean things”
— Jack Prentice (@JPrentice8) October 8, 2019
Lambert chins Evans on the sidelines
— Cameron (@lawseyitfc) October 7, 2019
2v1 town Keano and El Mizouni
Lambert and the players celebrating in front of Steve Evans
— ITFC Number 1 Fan (@Number1_Fan_) October 7, 2019
4-1. Evans beaten up by Lambert before the teams kick off and slam dunked into the turf by Norwood as well!
— irvin flaherty (@irvinref) October 8, 2019
Ipswich 2-1 Gillingham
Jordan Roberts & Andre Dozzell to grab Town’s goals. Steve Evans to continue his feud with Lord Lambert and perhaps try a Portman Pie.
— Mark Tuxford (@MarkTuxford_) October 7, 2019
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