Lambert desperate for new faces

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert will not allow anyone to leave Portman Road in January until he has signed the players he desires.

Lambert is desperate to strengthen his squad but may enter the loan market rather than make permanent signings in order to bring in experienced Championship players.

Jonas Knudsen and Bartosz Bialkowski are both expected to leave Portman Road in January but Lambert is refusing to confirm anything just yet.

"Nobody will leave until I think we can get people in, nobody," said the former Aston Villa and Stoke City boss.

"I will not sanction anyone to go out until I think we can get people in who can help us. Maybe then I might let one or two go out, but until then I'll never release anyone.

"I need to look at the club's interests and I won't put any player's interests before the club. That's important. There are one or two out of contract in the summer and we have to look at that."

Veteran Stoke City duo Charlie Adam and Peter Crouch have been linked with loan switches to Ipswich while Lambert seems certain to cancel the loans of Tayo Edun and Jordan Graham next month.

Ipswich are seven points adrift at the foot of the table after winning just one of their first 21 Championship games of the campaign.

They are 1/6 to be relegated this term, while Bolton Wanderers are 4/11 to go down and Reading 8/11.

Clement axed by ailing Royals

Championship strugglers Reading have sacked head coach Paul Clement, with the Royals having won just one of their last seven league games.

The 46-year-old former Derby County and Swansea City boss only took charge at the Madejski Stadium in March, helping the club avoid relegation to League One.

However, the Royals find themselves entrenched in another relegation dogfight this season, with Reading currently outside the bottom three on goal difference only.

A club statement confirmed: "Reading Football Club can announce that Paul Clement has left his position as manager of the club with immediate effect.

"CEO Nigel Howe will seek to swiftly identify and appoint a new manager who will fit the Reading mould, build a team which can deliver performances and results that will help us climb the Championship table and lead the club towards promotion in the future."

Clement had struck a positive note following a 2-2 weekend draw with Stoke City, telling reporters: "The concern is the position in the league, we are still not clear of it. My view is that if you string performances together, results will follow.

"You can't say we've played poorly in the last two games against Stoke and Leeds. Yes, we picked up one point, but we haven't played poorly.

"If you continue to play well results will follow, I'm convinced of that. That will be the objective."

Reading are priced at 1/1 to be relegated this season, with Rotherham United 11/8 and Hull City 4/1.

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Campbell to miss Canaries clash

Hull City striker Fraizer Campbell will miss Tuesday's clash against Norwich City after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at the weekend.

The 31-year-old former Sunderland, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace forward, who has found the net six times this season, including four in his last four games, was booked in the closing stages of the Tigers' 2-0 home loss to Nottingham Forest and will serve a one-game suspension.

Hull boss Nigel Adkins has a dearth of attacking options as Chris Martin and Will Keane are the only strikers available to him for the visit of the league leaders to the KC Stadium.

In addition Jackson Irvine, Markus Henriksen, Tommy Elphick and Jordy de Wijs are all one yellow card away from suspension.

Meanwhile, Tommy Elphick believes the Tigers are going backwards and are in grave danger of being relegated to League One.

Second-half goals by Forest's Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley condemned Hull to their 10th defeat of the season and they are 5/2 to be relegated from the Championship and 12/5 to secure a shock victory against the Canaries on Tuesday.

Elphick, who is on loan at Hull from Aston Villa, said: "It feels like we've gone back six weeks and we need to draw a line under this defeat quickly and move on."

Lambert to let Graham leave

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has confirmed that Jordan Graham will be allowed to leave Portman Road in January.

Former Town boss Paul Hurst brought the 23-year-old to Suffolk on loan in August but the winger has not featured in the first team since Lambert took over the managerial reins.

Graham is currently training with Oxford United in a bid to earn a contract with the League One side, who are 7/2 to be relegated this season.

"I can only come in and see with my own eyes what I think is right and what I think is wrong and I think we've got a squad where there's a lot of players, young ones as well, who I think are going to make an impact sooner rather than later," said former Stoke City, Aston Villa and Norwich City boss Lambert.

"Jordan was only a young kid when I was Aston Villa when I was there and he was out injured a lot at Wolves."

Lambert has indicated that Jack Lankester's progress has led to his decision to let Graham leave, saying of the teenager: "Jack's got an incredible touch, he has a terrific way of playing.

"He's only a kid but he's one young one that I think, 'Yeah, you could have a massive career'. We have to nurture him and give him game time when we think, 'Go on now and let's see what you can do'."

Ipswich are at the foot of the Championship table and are 4/11 to be relegated this term while they are 7/2 to beat West Brom on Friday.

Davis’ progress pleases Monk

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk is hopeful that David Davis will be able to return to first-team action ahead of schedule.

The 27-year-old had to have extensive surgery for a fractured left ankle and ligament damage that he suffered during pre-season training in early July.

It was anticipated that the former Wolves midfielder would miss most of the 2018/19 campaign but Monk has revealed that Davis' recovery is going very well.

"The most important part is his early rehab, how it forms back together, and the injury recuperates," said Monk.

"I don't want to curse it, but it has gone as well as you could hope. We are hoping his time is accelerated.

"At this moment in time he is back running on the treadmill, so it's not full loading but it is still good loading and there have been no problems.

"The real test will be when he is back out jogging on the pitches, which should be pretty soon.

"I am not trying to avoid a time-line, I just don't want to say, 'It's this day' and not really know that because he has still got those mini-hurdles to go."

Birmingham City, 40/1 to be relegated from the Championship this season, can be backed at 3/1 to beat Aston Villa next weekend.

Ailing Ipswich turn to Lambert

Paul Lambert has been handed the task of lifting Ipswich Town clear of the Championship's relegation zone.

The 49-year-old, who left Stoke City in May when their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed, has signed a contract that will keep him at Portman Road until the end of the 2020/21 season.

Lambert replaces Paul Hurst, who was axed on Thursday with Town at the foot of the table after winning only one of their first 14 matches of the campaign.

He starred for Celtic and Borussia Dortmund during his playing career as well as making 40 appearances for Scotland.

Lambert has managed Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Wolves before taking charge at Stoke in January.

He said: "I can't wait to get going and I'll be using all my experience – and give everything I've got for Ipswich Town.

"I know about the history of the club, what a fantastic football club it is and I am proud to be the manager here.

"Obviously it's been a difficult start to the season but to get through this period we need to be pulling together as one – players, staff and supporters.

"I want us to play with tempo, with enthusiasm, with drive. I want the players to enjoy their football and I am relishing the challenge of helping to take this club forward."

Ipswich are 1/2 to be relegated this season, while Hull City are 6/5 to go down and Reading 5/4.

Adkins rues Evandro’s absence

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins expects that Brazilian midfielder Evandro will be sidelined for the next 'few weeks' with a calf injury.

The 32-year-old former Porto star picked up the problem in training last week and missed the 1-1 draw with Preston North End at the weekend, a result that left the Tigers 23rd in the Championship table and 11/8 to be relegated this term.

Evandro has not played since September because of a hamstring complaint but had been expected to feature against Preston until suffering the calf injury.

He is expected to miss the trips to Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers as well as West Brom's visit to Hull at the beginning of November.

"It's fair to say it's probably going to be a few weeks before he's back," Adkins confirmed.

"That's a blow because I think everyone knows what I think about Evandro. That care and attention, that link up play in the attacking third.

"He never gives the ball away and he creates. It's a shame he's not available at this moment in time."

Markus Henriksen could feature at Ashton Gate on Wednesday though when Hull are 15/4 to beat Bristol City. However, Stephen Kingsley is a doubt after also sitting out the Preston clash.

Upturn in form pleases McClaren

Steve McClaren insists hard work has been the key to QPR's rise up the Championship table but the former England manager is refusing to relax.

QPR have picked up 10 points from their last four fixtures and are unbeaten in five games in all competitions after beating Millwall 2-0 on Wednesday.

It has been quite a transformation as QPR lost their first four Championship fixtures including a 7-1 drubbing at West Brom and 3-0 home loss to Bristol City.

McClaren said ahead of Saturday's clash with Norwich City at Loftus Road, which QPR are 29/20 to win: "I said this was a big week for us and the players so far have handled it very well.

"However, I think we need to be better in second halves of games to control matches rather than just be holding on to leads.

"I think the improvement has been a combination of the loan players [Tomer Hemed, Nahki Wells and Geoff Cameron] coming in and everyone working damn hard on the training field."

QPR can now be backed at 5/1 to be relegated this season, while Ipswich Town are 11/10 to go down and Reading 11/8.

Monk refuses to be downcast

Garry Monk thought there were plenty of positives to take from his Birmingham City side's 1-1 draw against West Brom on Friday.

The Blues have failed to win a Championship game so far this term although they have drawn five of their seven fixtures.

Monk's side had their chances to break their duck though as, after Jota had scored from close range to give them the lead, the same player had a penalty saved by Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

The Baggies levelled through Matt Phillips' strike but Monk was happy with a point, saying after the match: "We just played against a very good side, to me they are probably the best side we have played this season.

"We knew it was going to be difficult for us. But I thought the way we set up, the organisation, what we were trying to do was very effective for large parts of that game.

"It's very difficult to sit here as a manager and criticise when there's not much to actually criticise. Those margins are not quite with us at the minute."

Birmingham are 13/8 to be relegated this season, while West Brom are 9/5 to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

McClaren appeals for fans help

Steve McClaren says his QPR team need the help of their fans as they try to recover from a poor start to the new Championship season.

Along with Reading, the Hoops are bottom of the table having lost all three league games so far. Their most recent defeat was a 7-1 humbling at West Brom to leave McClaren under pressure to rapidly improve the team's fortunes.

They face Bristol City at Loftus Road on Tuesday night who haven't had a great start themselves but, as QPR seek their first points, McClaren is clear that the home fans have a role to play.

He told local media: "We have to react on Tuesday and make sure that doesn't happen again.

"They'll need help from the fans on Tuesday night. Everybody's hurting. Let's see how they (the players) react after being hurt, which is key in the process.

"The key thing is what we do now. I've got to use all my experience in the game. I've had downs before and situations like this and we have to find the solutions."

QPR are 29/20 to get the three points on Tuesday with Bristol City 21/10 while the draw is 12/5.

The match is one of four Championship fixtures on Tuesday night. In contrast to QPR Leeds have won all three of their games so far, the only side in the league with a 100% record.

They have the chance to make it four from four with a trip to south Wales to take on Swansea who have also made a decent start as they try to gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The other games see Derby host Ipswich and there is a Yorkshire derby with Rotherham playing Hull.

QPR are 15/8 to be relegated at the end of the season while Leeds are 4/1 to be promoted as champions.

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