Date:Friday January 7 2011
If the club hoped that last night's statement refusing Burnley permission to talk to Paul Lambert would end speculation around his future then they were sadly mistaken this morning.
Lambert refused outright to comment on the situation at his Friday morning press conference according to those in attendance, and missed an opportunity to put an end to it once and for all in the process.
It would have taken just one sentence to kill the story stone dead - something along the lines of 'I'm committed to the club and am not interested in the Burnley job' would have done nicely - exactly as he did this time last year in fact.
Instead, according to the Pinkun, Lambert said:
'You have seen the statement and I am happy with that. It's all about the game tomorrow and trying to get through that.
'I'll say it once and only once - ask me about the game. That is all I am here for. To win a game of football. Don't push me on anything because the statement is there.'
Refusing to add to the club's statement is hardly the confidence booster we were all hoping for this morning, but as always context is key and there are different ways of interpreting even the most mundane of statements.
For as hard as it may be to imagine why the Clarets would decide to go public with their approach if they were not confident of getting their man, clubs do behave in strange ways when it comes to trying to get a new boss (as Colchester fans are only too aware).
So Lambert hasn't gone anywhere yet, and of course he may not go anywhere at all. As usual we all just have to sit and wait, but in the meantime you can have your say in the forum, and in our poll (on the right hand side of the screen).
Date:Friday January 7 2011
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