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Clarets to think again after Lambert statement?

Paul Lambert has issued the following statement on the Canaries Official Website

"I said last week there was nothing in the Burnley speculation. Today I said I was happy with the club`s statement and I meant it. I can`t stop speculation linking me with other clubs but I`ve said on numerous occasions before that I am happy here and that is still the case.

"The players and the fans have been tremendous for us since we joined here and what they have achieved over the last 16 months or so is absolutely phenomenal, as I keep saying.

"We`ve got a job to do here, starting with an important FA Cup match against Leyton Orient tomorrow and that`s what I want everyone to be focussing on. I want to put the speculation to bed - I`ve never had any intention of going elsewhere and nothing has changed. All the speculation is wide of the mark and hopefully now the rumour mill about the Burnley job can focus elsewhere and we can all move on."

So is that that then or could there still be a twist to the tale? Not looking promising for the Clarets though who may now have to consider other options on their short-list.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 7 2011

Time: 9:14PM

Your Comments

Drat! What now, Malky MacKay and the same rigmarole? Preston sorted, Palace about to announce Howe by all accounts and Ipswich close to getting Jewell? Typical Burnley
turfmanphil
Sorry people. He's staying with us! There are plenty of unemployed managers out there you know...
screaming canary
You are probably right although Coyle made plenty of these loyalty statements before he stuck the knife in. Lambert would have been OK but I think there could be better out there providing we get a bloody move on
turfmanphil
If they take an extra few days/weeks to get the manager - so be it. Last year we appointed a manager pretty quickly in my opinion, and it was the wrong choice. Take Your time - Get it right!
Claretdale
Tough one this, not sure we can criticise the Board's intent here. It was a bold move, sadly backfired. But at least it was ambitious and not just settling for the "best man" out of work. However, I never could see it myself. If Lambert has used us as a pawn to strengthen his case then its a bit of a sad do on his part. With respect of Howe, Jewell and Brown, I still feel they would have been unpopular appointments in the main, so I don't see why its a problem that they have been employed elsewhere.
cubanclaret
The point I am making is that these clubs seem focussed on who they want as though they have planned it BEFORE announcing a sacking. Did we just stumble into it or have we been doing some groundwork before hand? It looks like the answer to that is No since Kilby was on his jolly in New York when it was announced. 'Crisis, what crisis' as Jim Callaghan once said coming back from Barbados. [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Is John Bond still available?
pmh200111
And to be honest, I'm pleased for Norwich. They're fans are loyal and they didn't deserve having to go through what we did last year.
cubanclaret
TMP - Kilby didn't want to sack Brian Laws after that Scunthorpe defeat, so the split in the camp in the Board might well be to blame for that.
cubanclaret
I think this makes us look like chumps, Lambert has played us off to get a better deal at Carrow Road and now we have played our hand saying to any new prospective manager, you are our second choice. FFS get Big Sam and redeem yourself!
turfmanphil
If Kilby didn't want to get rid of Laws that says a damn lot to me
turfmanphil
Which way is the wind blowing? As it changes so it would appear do peoples feelings. Take your time and appoint the right man some say one day, rush in and get any manager Brown, Jewell and Howe? Kilby on a Jolly to new York.....I really do get the feeling that The Board, Management, Staff and Players of this club are just not good enough for some fans and nothing will ever change that, let us not forget we are Burnley ffs.
VinRogue
Sorry But dont believe anything I have read today regarding Lambert staying at Carrow rd. Its too similar a statement as when Coyle left the Clarets and all the staements so far seem to be a replica of our last january. My money is still on Lambert and expect to see more movement tomorrow or monday.
lilpiggy
Kilby's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. We have pursued an excellent manager (PL), got some encouragement from him (and/or his agent), made a formal bid and got rebuffed, presumably because Norwich have increased his January transfer kitty. I'm very disappointed, like many of us, that he has turned us down. But if we had solely gone for Gary Megson (or similar) many on the message boards would be screaming "lack of ambition". Barry and the board can't win.
gsidley
Well he said the same when he jumped ship from colchester & quite franky don't buy a word. When managers come out to the press saying "I'm going nowhere" what this really means "Gone by the end of the week".
ruane
I have some faith guys!!!..... this was a good target, and there are more fish in the sea, the fact BL and BK were aiming at the level inspires me.. we have plenty of time boys... key is to get the right, not get it done quick! dont forget ... marry in haste repent at leisure .... BL comes to mind! I think the board know what they have to do, I am really confident they looked at this message board amongst others I think they felt they needed to send a signal to demonstrate the level of candidate they were after, quite honestly I think we will see another period of quite reflection.... which will drive us mad I know, but to be honest I think it was a smart move to apply a bit of pressure on lambert... it stated our intention it said..... "Our intention is this" if Lambet cant see the light lets move on we want a manager with a burning desire to want to manage our club, Lambert clearly hasn't got this, we don't need to convince him let's go find someone who feels really positive about such a fantastic managerial opportunity...... Barry my life is in your hands IN KILBY AND FLOOD WE TRUST ( now where the hell is Sam )
hollinsclaret
TMP I understand the desire to get in a manager such as big Sam but you have to remember that he is a really big name premiership boss who really doesn't have a blemish on his record. I would argue as many would that both Blackburn and especially Newcastle were wrong to sack Sam and his record with Bolton for the amount of money he had and some of the players he attracted to the club, is second to none and I'm sure he is waiting for one of the under pressure premier managers to get the boot. I think that we need to remember that before Coyle, Burnley fans would have been quite satisfied to be 4 points off the playoff zone halfway through the season. I think Claretdale is spot on we need to make the right choice and that could well be an up and coming manager with plenty of ambition. YES Kilby and Flood made the wrong choice with Laws and yes it was the cheep option but, Coyle would have been a cheep option and if it wasn't for his work, we would not be having this discussion today!
andy1882
If Lambert is anything like Coyle he'll be Burnley manager on Monday!!!! Not quite sure whether that would be a good thing or not
CanadaClaret
There were fairly solid rumours of a staff meeting at 3pm so my bet is that a combination of a pay rise, budget increase, and staff persuasion (especially NCFC "legend" Culverhouse, has persuaded him to stay put. Cant blame our board other than for going public. Bad decision by PL I think - norwich are skint and won't get top two, probably will fail in play offs. I think he has taken them as far as he can.c
crosspoolclarets
I believe Lambert when he says he wants to stay at Norwich. Why would he leave them to manage a smaller club like Burnley? Big Sam doesn't want Burnley job so forget about him. We will get the right guy this time I'm sure of it. I always liked Cotterill so someone along those lines would be my choice - young, enthusiastic, done well at a small club and with an eye for a good buy. AND someone who can organise a defence!
ozjean
'Take you time,get it right' may well have worked if we had been just the one club looking for a manager and we were before Preston,Palace&Ipswich got in on the act,but with so many managers losing their job in the Championship and potentially in the Premier League, if we dont get a move on we could be left with only Iain Dowie or Gary Megson to choose from.Whatever Norwich bribed Lambert with to keep him at Carrow Road, we should have doubled it. We are supposed to have gone down stronger, not stronger it seems than a club that last season was playing in League 1. Where is our pulling power? If it is true that Howe is close to signing for Palace that must surely be another off our short-list, so what do we have now four on the list? We have shown our hand, so any manager now being selected will feel second best. I am convinced we will now go for up & coming rather than proven experienced and that worries me. The Burnley board made a big, big mistake going public with the Lambert thing [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Some interesting comments, one ot two seem to think this is just bluster from Lambert and we are still in with a chance of hooking him. Not sure I agree. Lambert was never really my first choice although he would have probably been OK for us. I think we simply have to move on with Plan B and hope we have one.
turfmanphil
I found this from Alan Nixon-Lambert could be using them here. The word I hear is that he has encouraged their interest. But he also wants a new deal at Norwich. He is also known as one ruthless chap. I wonder if the Norwich thing was leaked to put Malky Mackay on his toes and get a decision out of him. That one was further down the line than Lambert until yesterday but hit a snag. I gather he won't commit to the move either. Needless to say they are fed up waiting on a commitment from Big Sam...but you never know how that might develop with him next week. It would not be a surprise if Burnley chased ANOTHER Championship boss very shortly if they keep getting pussied around by those three.
turfmanphil
Interesting he doesn't seem to have ruled out Big Sam just yet! I wondered myself in a moment of madness last night whether the Lambert thing was an elaborate smokescreen by Burnley. They would go up in my estimation if it was!
turfmanphil
Why does everybody think Lambert was our first choice? I have interviewed lots of people for jobs in the past. The first person seen was never the favourite for the job, I interviewed all the applicants, including at times invited applicants, and then chose the best person for the job. I am certain that this is the sensible and normally accepted procedure unless you are targetting just one person. What is different here?
cornwallclaret
Jewel or brown wouldn't have been my choice anyway
Totally_Claret
In support of Cornwall the Bfc Lambert statement did say he was one of the people they were considering, not the only one. I'd accept that should not necessarily be taken as fact, but I would observe again that we don't have all of the facts, and therefore some of the opinions we express on messageboards are inevitably very, very wide of the mark. Which ones? I don't know.
Couch Potato
Nothing surprises me after Coyle regarding what managers say, and what they eventually do. Lambert could still be in the frame or maybe not. I don't think the board can be criticised for going about their business of looking for the best manager available, let's wait and see what develops here. Palsdad could still be right about Big Sam for all we know, although personally I think that one has gone now.
WelshClaret
 

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