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Norwich Fans Interview On Paul Lambert

Norwich Fans Interview On Paul Lambert

I thought I'd re-publish this with the current news that Lambert is now the hot favourite:

Following on from our Interview With A Wigan Fan On Roberto Martinez I`ve only been and gone and done one with our Vital Norwich editor with reference to Paul Lambert. Wild times folks, wild times!

With thanks to Dill at

1) So, links to Paul Lambert for Villa. It is only press talk so could be well wide of the mark. What is the general feeling amongst the Canaries fans?

Anything from unease to sheer panic depending on who you talk to. In many ways Villa seem the 'sort' of club that could suit Lambert but from the outside looking in I'm not convinced it would be a great move for him. I think he'll have his eyes on a bigger job elsewhere.

2) Do you think he has the loyalty to stay or will he look to progress his career? Do you fear Liverpool or Villa might nab him?

Oh he'll go at some point, I don't think anyone doubts that, it's just a case of waiting for the right offer to come along.

3) Your board of directors have said they don`t want any approaches, do you think that is posturing for a good pay off or will they fight?

They'll fight alright,but they'll know there is very little they can do in reality to stop him going. It's all about trying to make it work for each side.

4) Do you know, is it true he is on a rolling 12 month contract, has there ever been much talk about that in Norwich circles?!?!

He joined originally on rolling twelve-month contract which was re-negotiated following each promotion, but as far as anyone knows publicly he still has a rolling deal.

5) Ok, pretend (!) you are trying to convince us we SHOULD have him. Tell us his best qualities and style etc

He's young, ambitious, proven that he can work wonders on a limited budget and doesn't come with a load of unwanted baggage. He's precisely the sort of manager a club like Villa should be going for.

6) Can you see him being tempted with a bigger budget, larger ground/history and also the world class training facilities at Bodymoor health (not blowing our own trumpets here but they training set up is unbelievable!)

Who wouldn't be? The issues are more likely to centre around what the budgets would be, and how much control he would have. Lambert is certainly no 'yes' man.

7) Would you have any warnings about lesser qualities? ie some Villa fans fear he`s not had large budgets before and hasn`t had to deal with 'star` players and their egos?!

Lambert hasn't dealt with big budgets as a manager, but that wouldn't put me off. And is a 'star player' stepped out of line he'd deal with them quickly and privately - and they'd be gone.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 31 2012
Time: 10:23AM


Fair play, money talks. He's a fantastic manager, and will bring you success on the pitch, as well as exciting football. However, he wont be around too long - just ask Colchester fans... [Editor, Vital Norwich]
31/05/2012 10:30:00
Just reinforces the fact he is just what we need.
Pride of Lions
31/05/2012 11:00:00
The worry for me is that he'll be off whenever a "bigger" club comes in, ie. one playing in Champions League. The flipside is it will mean he has done a bloody good job and would leave us in a god shape.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
31/05/2012 11:18:00
Leave us in a god shape? Don't know if he'll do that good! lol *Leave us in good shape*
Stephen Jay Hawkings
31/05/2012 11:19:00
Nah Stephen jay i prefer ''GOD SHAPE'' lol, Lambert is the man and was my prefered choice all along great news just want it finalised now and we can start looking towarsd the future with hope again UTV!
31/05/2012 12:31:00
If you mean by a big club then the next step would either be Liverpool or Newcastle? When you go any higher your in to teams that play champions league football year in year out. So if our manager did leave for a so called bigger side, he would have to do well down at Villa Park. Any person that does well in there chosen profession deserves a crack at the big time.
31/05/2012 13:15:00
ppbembo Newcastle are not a bigger club than Villa, as much as they would like to think so. Facts don't lie, and I have an abundance of them. The next step after us would be Chelsea, Man Utd etc. or a top European team. But us being Villa fans , we're already waving goodbye to him heavy heartedly when he hasn't even joined yet lol.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
31/05/2012 14:08:00
I have a little chuckle each time I hear 'big club' and try to envisage what a big club is. Do people mean a club with a sugar daddy such as Chelski or Man Citeh? If big means sugar daddy then these two are the biggest. Does big mean support and self generated financial clout, well that would mean Manure and the Arse. Does big mean a history of winning trophies well that would mean Villa, Redscouse, Spuds. Does Big mean how they have done only in the Premiership years? Well the big 5 in that case are Manure, Redscouse, Chelski, The Arse and Villa. Or does big mean the potential to generate big support? Well that would include The Manchester club (Citeh) and the other club based nearby in Salford (United), it would include Newcastle, Sunderland, Bluescouse, Redscouse, The Arse, Chelski, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Villa and Spuds. I may have missed out a name or two but that pretty much sums up 'big club'. We are one. And we could be so much bigger. Norwich aren't. What Norwich are though, is a wonderful local club with strong support and good ethics who have a history of doing things the right way. However they are pretty much limited to that. Villa have more scope for growth. If Lambert does come(and that is by no means a done deal) then it is the next step up the ladder for him. If he does well and puts us back in the top 6 then one of the CL clubs will take him. If he puts us in the top 4 then I would anticipate he would stay to see just how far he could take us. If he fails then he goes to Celtic.
31/05/2012 14:32:00
Lambert had bloody better come. I've just renewed my season ticket!
chocolate teapot
31/05/2012 14:39:00
statement on ncfc website now - he has resigned and talking to 'another club', they've not accepted his resignation. Looks promising.
31/05/2012 14:42:00
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