Paul Lambert has rightly rejected speculation that he is a Martin O'Neill clone, insisting those that expect that will be proven wrong.
Speaking to the Sunday Mercury Lambert says he has his own style and that too much is being made of comparisons with his friend, and our former gaffer:
'Everyone is an individual, no one is the same. I wear those glasses because I can't see two yards in front of me at certain times - not because I want to be like Martin O'Neill.'
Very true, we already know Lambert can utilise four systems in a game which is a remarkable difference to Martin :-)
'The tracksuit bottoms at Wycombe and Norwich, they were too flairy! So the ones I had last year were fine, similarities are exaggerated, you get labelled.
'Mind you, I've been at Wycombe, Norwich and Aston Villa so maybe I'm talking drivel?'
Can I just say for the record, I'm loving these interviews already!
In all fairness there are some similarities, but you can just as easily point to the differences. All most fans care about when it comes to O'Neill comparisons are, can Lambert take what was good about O'Neill, spirit, fight, determination and then improve on what O'Neill's strong points were.
I think, and I'm not alone, that Lambert can bring back what we enjoyed under O'Neill, but also push on further in terms of tactics and having a plan B so (overtime) we won't fade as we did towards the end of a campaign.
Get that balance right and everyone will be smiling.
I never tire of this, have a link to the bumper Paul Lambert Forum Thread.
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