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Doing the Lambert Walk?

Norwich City have surpised a few this season. Promoted from League One as Champions last season, they are currently third in the Championship, just behind second-placed Cardiff on goal difference.

Although they have played a game more than the Clarets, they are currently on 43 points, eight more than Burnley.

The success of the club is down in no small measure to their manager, Paul Lambert who joined the Canaries as gaffer replacing Bryan Gunn in August 2009.

You may remember that Lambert was previously the manager at Colchester United, a team that under him whipped Norwich 7-1 in the opening game of the 2009-10 season.

The 41 year old,Paisley-born Scot cut his managerial teeth with Livingston and Wycombe Wanderers before joining Colchester United in October 2008.

During his playing career as a midfielder he was on the books of St.Mirren, Motherwell, Borussia Dortmund and Celtic before finishing his footballing days at Livingston as player-manager after earning his football coaching qualifications in 2005.

He was also a Scotland international with 40 caps to his name.

The big question mark is why Lambert would want to move to a club like Burnley when he is in charge of a successful Championship rival looking a much better bet for promotion.

Despite this fact, he continues to be on the bookies shortlists as one of the favourites for the Burnley job so we shall have to see what happens.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 5 2011

Time: 1:11PM

Your Comments

Totally bamboozled by this one! He was one of the rumoured candidates to replace Coyle last January but turned us down by all accounts so why would he want the job now following our relegation?
turfmanphil
I've got to the stage where I don't know what to believe anymore. I'm just waiting for some irrefutable evidence to filter through, like an actual statement from the club or candidates that they are in the frame.
WelshClaret
I'd say we are a far more attractive job now, and managers will move based on their wage and their player budget - I bet we have twice the wages of NCFC for the next two years then about 50% more after that for another 2 years. Lambert may know he is unlikely to get Norwich up. Losing play offs is the most likely.
crosspoolclarets
Lambert also publically turned down his former club Celtic to stay at Norwich. The bookies have to include him as there is talk amongst the fans, which leads to media speculation, and people placing bets. The bookies respond to what people are prepared to put money on. If someone asked for the wanted to be on Michael Jackson becoming the next Burnley manager, the bookies would give you odds.
dhickl
I can't see any reasons why he would want to leave Norwich to join us unless it's for wages
Totally_Claret
Could be his family still live in Scotland and Lancashire nearer than Norich and he travels regular to see his wife and kids other than that its got to be down to money.
Fedupclaret
Another proven PL manager! Lets not gamble on someone who might get us up via the play offs and down via the inexperience road. Lets go all out to get one of the few managers that will cost a few bob and give us the best chance of achieving "PL" and staying in "PL", thus negating the need for me to have high bloody blood pressure!
VinRogue
Spoken like a true gent,VR!! ;-)
turfmanphil
I would be amazed if he applied for the job. Just paper talk for my money.
cornwallclaret
Team Lambert, and it is a team, are all SE based. The main man behind the scenes is Ian Culverhouse who has always worked in the South (check Wikipedia if you want). My view is that when Lambert eventually departs Norwich it will be for a SE based Club and he wouldn’t move anywhere without Culverhouse so early in his managerial career. Lambert to Burnley is NOT going to happen.
kentoncanary
Wild Horses spring to mind ..... just why would he .... he wouldn't
hollinsclaret
aligned with Vin Rouge lol
hollinsclaret
Just can't see Lambert leaving Norwich for us. I suppose Lancashire is nearer to Scotland but the airport in Norwich must have flights going north of the border so think that is a bit of a non-starter. Lambert's playing pedigree and EARLY promise as a manager mark him out as the type of person who could go on to a bigger club - perhaps one of the really big ones playing in red eventually - but a lot of water has to flow down the River Wensum first. Even if he did come to us I suspect we would only ever be a stepping stone and, as things stand, he has the chance of a second successive promotion with The Canaries which he won't want to jeopardise.
RickersTwickers
I agree Lambert can stay in East Anglia as far as I am concerned. We need proven managers who have already succeeded in getting a club promoted from the Championship and preferably one that has then also kept one up! Anybody surprised we have not really been linked with Paul Jewell yet?
turfmanphil
Looks like this one has been written off then. I believe we have spoken to Eddie Howe!
cubanclaret
Now hang on a minute - are all your memories really that short?! Surely you haven't forgotten that Lambert was at one point the bookies' favourite to take over the Burnley job when Owen Coyle left? Fact is that the bookies' odds are based on what people bet on and how much money they place - clearly lots of people (people unlikely to be in the know) are betting on Lambert, but that doesn't make them right! As for the comments about moving closer to home, well maybe, but I think Lambert values his career over that. Besides, Norwich has an airport with regular flights to Glasgow - the suggestion that he might somehow find it easier being in Burnley doesn't really make sense. I hardly think driving to Glasgow or getting a train would be that much easier...
canary_chibba
Club confirm they have made a formal approach to Norwich City to speak to Paul Lambert
8clarets8
After beating QPR he said: "My target is still survival. If we can achieve that in this league then hopefully I will be in a job for a little bit longer. Don't ask me about promotion now. Try again in May and I might be able to give you an answer." Maybe with Burnley on the wembley turf.....
cubanclaret
Norwich reject Burnley's request to talk to Lambert
8clarets8
 

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