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Lambert Quits Over Villa Discussions?

Another late night, another startling (potential) development in our search for a new manager.

The Current Bun have tonight stated that Paul Lambert has quit Norwich City over their refusal to allow him the opportunity to hold official negotiations with Aston Villa over our vacant managerial hotseat.

They state that Lambert will now walk into the job with obviously some legal issues to be sorted out post haste with his contract and it will undoubtedly involve compensation.

It appears that Lambert was furious that Norwich wouldn't even let him officially hear what we had to say and it has caused a bitter split at Delia's club. Shame really given the success he had, would've been nice if they could've parted on more friendly terms.

They also say it's the second time in 18 months that the board have refused Lambert permission to speak to a club, which given Martinez was a firm favourite - and tonight it's being reported that despite his interest in the job, we passed him over as we didn't want to wait after assessing all the candidates - it will lead some to wonder if we were the club last time round aswell. Of course that's me speculating and I suspect somebody will put me right on that, but given it's gone midnight don't mind me if my head wanders a little.

Oh don't mind me, The Sun say it was Burnley.

They also say, and this fits with the Martinez rebuff, that we made Lambert our number 1 long before Martinez turned his back on Liverpool and they announced Brendan Rogers earlier today.

Tomorrow will be interesting!

As ever folks, at the time of writing I cannot see any official communication from either Lambert or Norwich so don't crack open the champers just yet, wait for tomorrow.

Update: The press are now going crackers so more likely to be true than not, welcome to the club Paul, the club clearly have listened to the fans this time, now let's get it right on the pitch!

Update two:

So this is hotting up!

Only press talk at the moment but the suggestion is that Paul Lambert has quit Norwich after being refused permission by the Carrow Road outfit to talk to Aston Villa about the vacant managerial spot. amongst others have the report.

Details are very sketchy at the moment and again, as a warning, this is at the moment just press talk. The Sun and The Times are now also running the story but they have no more detail, apart from The Sun saying he had a 'furious row` ! LOL

He does operate on a rolling contract, I guess it depends on the terms of the contract as to when he can end it.

Not sure whether this makes it easier for Villa or harder. If lawyers now have to get involved to see whether he is able to resign without notice etc, it could get messy? On the flipside if the contract allows or he is within the timing to be able to end the rolling contract (there must be a trigger date I`d assume?) then it might well open the way for us very nicely.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 31 2012

Time: 12:16AM

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Mike..... can we have just one beer now???
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31/05/2012 00:23:00

If this is true then he is a shoe in which will please the majority
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31/05/2012 00:24:00

Been saying since MON left we should get him. Hopefully the start of a new era.
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31/05/2012 00:30:00

I was talking about Champers Dave, go to town on the beer lol Press are reacting now so can't be a bullish rumour I suspect.
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31/05/2012 00:37:00

Anyone else think that the board want to wait until after the ST Price freeze deadline to announce the new boss? Make them a few extra quid.
Adam Deuce
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31/05/2012 00:58:00

I am very pleased about this, I hope we seal this now, he is an excellent manager, exactly what we need, change the whole ethos of the club, get us playing as a team and get the most out of the players and funds available, fingers crossed now it all goes through
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31/05/2012 01:15:00

Oh I do love this late night drama! Initially I wanted Martinez over him, but either one was always going to be a good thing. Tomorrow should reveal all.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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31/05/2012 01:16:00

Seems strange we didn't make an approach earlier, but if this is right..... BRILLIANT!
Pride of Lions
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31/05/2012 01:18:00

I'll believe it when I see it, the press have no idea
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31/05/2012 01:30:00

I don't SJH, I'm knackered lol PoL I have to imagine we have already (with permission) held informal talks, because IF Lambert has quit based on not being able to speak to us properly with official negotiations it's a hell of a risk for him to quit. He has to have a ball park idea of what he'd be dealing with etc, the same as Ole would've known ballpark ideas despite not getting an offer. To hear what we had to say has to be specific figures, in terms of wage, kitty etc. Unless of course there was more to the Burnley rejection than made clear previously????
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31/05/2012 01:32:00

Wasn't Lambert on a rolling contract at Norwich? Would that work in our favour regrading compensation etc? I'm not sure how these things work. Go find out Mike and keep us updated, I'm off to bed lol
Stephen Jay Hawkings
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31/05/2012 01:46:00

Good work Mike, some good news at last.
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31/05/2012 07:35:00

I don't know too much about Paul Lambert and thats not a bad thing. Hope he accepts an offer if its made because he will want as much time as possible to sought out our woeful squad. Make no bones about it. This current squad, unchanged, will not survive next season.
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31/05/2012 08:16:00

Hope this is true. Regarding him being refused permission to talk to us and leaving Norwich before getting an idea what we have to offer, I would imagine all of the ground work would have been done by his agent. That doesn't break any League or employment rules.
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31/05/2012 08:30:00

Cant see this being true but if it is it could well just be him acting on a point of principle. If they refused him permission to talk to Burnley and have done so again with us he might just have decided enough is enough so it isn't really that big a gamble.
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31/05/2012 08:37:00

Excellent if it works out said all along would be happy with any of Lambert,Martinez.Poyet etc. The biggest thing for me is he seems a good man -manager we will need that to instill some confidence in the younger players.
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31/05/2012 10:07:00

One year rolling contract...resigning on 31 May...1st June has for a while been the date mooted that we would have a new manager..Not sure how these rolling contracts work BUT IF the date for renewal was 1 June (logical) then Lambert has only broke one day of his contract? Anyway well pleased with this appointment,providing it happens!
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31/05/2012 10:38:00

Really happy we got Lambert, im looking forward to watching Villa rebuild under Lambert, now lets rock VP for Mr Lambert and show the media we aint fickle!
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31/05/2012 11:10:00

clive - we haven't got anyone yet, best not count too many chickens just yet
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31/05/2012 11:27:00

nothing on Norwich official site confirming he's quit either so this could all still turn out to be rumour
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31/05/2012 11:37:00

Didn't Mark Hughes walk out in a similar fashion last season allegedly being linked to the Villa and ended up jobless for 6 months?
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31/05/2012 12:55:00


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