I'm not embarrassed to say that I was gutted when he walked out on us for Villa. I would have forgiven him if he had stayed another season and kept us in the Premier as a more established top flight club and moved on to a top six club but he didn't. He ran before it all went pear shaped.
Those years when he was here must not be forgotten by us as they were some of the most exciting that I have seen as a supporter of over 50 years plus. However, there is no doubt that Culverhouse was the brains behind him. I used to sit behind the dugouts at that time and I cannot remember just how many games it was Culverhouse that was making most if not all of the changes, dragging us back into games, making tactical switches, and finding that late winner with inspirational substitutions. There is no doubt that without Culverhouse he is half the manager that he was. And BTW, it is not inconceivable that they could face each other in the dug out at league level in the next few seasons.
I will never forget how Lambert came out at Colchester ahead of that 5-0 win in league one on that waterlogged pitch. It said everything about him - loving the animosity and almost stoking the angry Col U fans up even more. It wasn't pleasant to see and it was no surprise to me how he then acted at our place in our 3-0 win.
I am forever telling the 1p5wich fans that live all around me that he is doing a great job with a big smile on my face. He just needs to keep winning the odd game here or there not to get the bullet from Marcus and the steady decline will continue of that massive three star club that live in the past century. He only needs those odd wins because whenever they win an odd game their supporters start talking like they are a Champions League team in the waiting - its the perfect recipe for him to stay for the entire length of his five year contract.
It is not impossible to think that our clubs could be three leagues apart in the near future. Mind you, big Mick is available again and he might get the call to come back and breathe new life into that 'giant club'. Cough, cough.