Norwich City have released a statement confirming that Paul Lambert has offered his resignation from his position as Norwich City manager.

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The statement on the club’s official website said: “We have fought hard to keep Paul at Norwich City and have not accepted his resignation whilst discussions with another club are taking place.

“However, whatever happens, we want to place on record our sincere gratitude for everything Paul has done for the club over the last three fantastic seasons.

“When Paul joined us in August 2009 we were in 66th position in the English football pyramid and the club was on the brink of financial meltdown.

“Today we are a Barclays Premier League football club, on a financially sound footing and with a stadium full to capacity.

“Discussions with Paul throughout the last few days have been professional and amicable. Paul has already earned his place in Norwich City Football Club history and, no matter what happens, will always have a friendly welcome at Carrow Road.

“Meanwhile, contrary to some media speculation, the club does not need to sell any players and the finances are in place to substantially strengthen the excellent squad which helped us finish in 12th position in the Premier League last season.

“Rest assured that everyone behind the scenes at Carrow Road remains absolutely focused on continuing to help the club progress.”

128 comments

  • steve bruce with chris sutton as no2

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    Ian Oi

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • 31st May 2012, the day the music died

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    Skip

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • If he goes to Villa I think it's a really bad judgement call for him. He could have been the next Man U manager if he kept his 5 year plan with us. If it makes the board give him more cash here and he stays with us I'll forgive him. If I goes I want Culverhouse to take over. Continuity will be key for us not to make a rapid decent. But Villa, really? Whatever he's been promised will be bull!

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    Mediamogul

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • PS. Good to see one of the Hydra`s heads emerging. No, it`s Knott.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • If we are honest about it, Managers and Players are, after all, only temporary custodians or staff . Staff come and staff go. Good luck to Mr. Lambert and thank you for everything you have done at NCFC. No one man is bigger than this club, and, this club will go on. Thank you for leaving us in good shape, but we cannot dwell on the past, lets get on with the future ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Whilst what PL has achieved over the past few years has been superb, neither he or any player is bigger than the club; to be fair who had heard of Paul Lambert or Grant Holt before they came to us. They may have contributed to our success but NCFC and their superb fans made them the household names they are today, and not the other way round. If they choose to go, so be it. Lets move on! I work in Brum and all I ever hear is Villa fans moaning & groaning as if they have a God given right to be a top six club. I dont envy Lamberts job and I cant see them loving Holt the way the yellow army has, but good luck to them!

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    Konrad54

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Malky YES, Bruce NO !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Amidst all the doom and gloom, he has offered his resignation, he has not not gone yet. Hopefully when he talks to Villa, he will find the same problems as the first 2 choices did. Then come back to City with his head sorted. If the worst does happen, get Malky back

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    DaveG

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Thanks for what you have done for Norwich. remember you did with a great coaching staff , Delia and co in the board room , a great chief executive and above all a fantastic group of fans who backed the club all the way in the dark days, wonder if you will find things different at Villa

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Could be worse Billy the Big Mouth Bass. We could have Colin as manager and Mister Bates as Chairman

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    B Inners

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Thanks Paul and goodbye,take Holt with you if he is not happy,we will overcome and get better,cmon u yellows!

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    dave123

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • So Mr Lambert has resigned, thats no surprise its what he allways does when a better offer comes along. What price loyalty, yes he has done a good job & thanks very much for that, but the 1st offer that comes his way he is off. How come Robert Martinez never took this attitude & walked out on Wigan when offered the job twice ? . Well all i can say is the king is dead long live king Malky lets go get him !

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    canrocku

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Nottingham Forrest Derby Blackburn Leicester Bolton Sheffiekd wednesdauy sheffield United etc ewt etc All bigger clubs than us but where are they now. Still think Lambert should have held on for a better job than Villa and the club could have helepd manage that through contract arrangements.I hope Lambert gets better treatment than McLeish from the fans and better treatment than O'Neil from Mr Lerner.

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    Pondlife

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Apart from the very strange people who are registered on this site who are not true NCFC supporters, for those of us who are, we love our club that is grounded in our community with a fantastic fan base, locally, nationally and internationally. Hopefully, the Board will recruit an experienced manager and backroom staff, not based on sentiment or nostalgia but on competence and experience. OTBC!

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    JJE

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Personally I don't care if he's gone, but let's hope he doesn't take Culverhouse and some of the backroom staff with him. If this happens then the championship will almost certainly be beckoning over the next season or two.

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • It wasnt Avram it was the tramp outside the door on St Stephens....

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    Bruce87

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I have just seen Kenny Dalgleish in a NCFC tracksuit in Norwich Market place

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    PaulH

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Blimey I'm shocked how harsh some of the Canaries out there are being to Lambert!! People are quick to forget where he has taken the club from and to. Can't we remember those games at the likes of Oldham, Stockport and Wycombe and now, no disrespect to those great smaller clubs, but here we are back singing OTBC at Anfield, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge!! I personally wouldn't change this for the world and it is by and large Lambert we have to thank for this. As Hucks said on Talksport with success this day was always going to come and we need to thank Lambert and let him move on for what is obviously a bigger paid job. Norwich is a great club from the board to the ball boys and along with "the most loyal and dedicated fans in the game" (S.Collymore) are a very attractive proposition to any manager. Remember when Billy Davies was interviewed after we beat Forest and he said City as a club where all moving in the right direction and had a superb setup. So come on you yellows get your beaks up, wish Lambert the best and trust in our great board to get in another successful manager!! P.S. You never know he might even stay yet..........especially if he speaks to his mate O'Neill about working for Randy Lerner :)

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    Captain Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • i ave herd that steve bruce is very interested in making a hero's return. he has even discussed with chris sutton to come in and help out with coaching. id love that.. as for PL, What a glory hunter, got up the ladder at colchester, jumped to come to us, now jumping for his next step up the ladder.. our management stats look poor as in turnover in recent years, we need long term stability not glory hunters using us as stepping stones

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    Ian Oi

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Looks like Pilks is on the Villa shopping list,amongst others.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • The King is Dead (well going to Villa most likely) long live the King. Lets move on and look forward to getting a new manager that is 100% committed to not only keeping us in the PL but working towards moving us up the league.

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    kevin rymell

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Paul Lambert is dumping a team that he's nurtured over three seasons, with no signs of it stopping, in favour of Villa?! If he finishes up running Chelsea or Liverpool then fair play to him, but this is madness.

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    Adam Penny

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha suckers !

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    caleb

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Paul Lambert has resigned as manager of Norwich City in protest at the club's continued use of "goal music".

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    billythebookie2000@yahoo.co.uk

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Come on people get real, this is only football, anyone would think the worlds come to an end. im truly disgusted by the way Lambert has dealt with things, but hes not bigger than our club. Lets move on. Lambert will fall on his backside at villa with those horrible fans. Onwards and upwards for the yellow and green army : )

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    Speedy

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I wish Paul Lambert all the best. He has done great things here. But what surprises me is that, having built himself an enviable reputation at Norwich, he now seems to have jumped at the first option. If a genuinely big club had come in for him, that would be a different matter. But Villa?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • In time people will realise that David McNally is more important to the future of Norwich City Football Club. I only hope he doesn't go down the 'Norwich City old boy' route to find a successor to Lambert. We definitely don't want someone out of work, with a broken nose, who stopped a Sky Sports interview once when he didn't understand what the word 'disingenuous' meant. Nor anyone whose name begins with 'Meg' and ends in 'son.' Chris Hughton would appear to be an ideal candidate.

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    Will McLaughlin

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Not sure why we're all so suprised - he has taken us as far as we can go (in his opinion) and knows that it will be impossible to better our position next season. Aston Villa have more money, supporters, a bigger and better ground, training facility and youth setup, and a much richer history. They will also pay him more and increase his profile. Good luck PL.

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    ics2000

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • So, if PL is on a one year rolling contract, and he offers his resignation, AND the board does not accept it, surely he's still Norwich manager until 31.05.13. Otherwise, whats a contract worth?

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    MickH

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Well said Captain Canary. The guy has done a fantastic job for us. I know some fans will inevitably boo him and feel betrayed, but he has always viewed it as doing a job and we have always known that. Who knows, maybe he will resurrect the Villa. I wish him luck and hope to see him back many times at Carrow Road. I'll never boo him as I remember the dark days under Roeder and Grant. I trust McNally and the board to make the right decisions for this club. We can't pay big wages as that is what gets clubs into massive debts. We have to live within our means. The difference between the current board and the Chase era is that Delia and co are genuine fans and we know they have the best interests of the club at heart. In McNally they have someone who is hard nosed and savvy enough to make difficult decisions. Hughton would be my first choice, but there are plenty of good managers out there who can take us forward. Oh and Captain, don't forget that Tranmere game where a certain canary got his butt kicked in more ways than one!!

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • JB, Villa already have a better 'keeper than Ruddy, so don't think he'll go. As for getting Green back, West Ham pay much bigger wages than us, so forget it.

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    troublesome1

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Oi quoit loik it, oil giv it foiv !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Is anyone really suprised that Lambert left us? On the last day of the season when we were promoted to the Championship at the end of the game he said; "Thanks for your support, see you next season!" he said the same again when we went up to the Prem! At the end of this season he just said; " Thanks for your support & good luck." Remember how quick he binned Colchester... Apart from our support we weren't any bigger than Colchester at the time. As soon as McLeish was sacked I knew Lambert was Villa bound. He will always be wanting to follow in the man he respects most in football - Martin O'Neil. Personally I believe Lambert should have stayed for one more season. I can't believe Lambert will accept this job when he knows himself he was 3RD choice for Villa behind Soljksaer & Martinez. Lambert is by far a better manager than Brendan Rodgers & look where he has ended up!- Liverpool; a far,far better & bigger team than Villa, with a long sucessful history of Euro glory etc... I could have understood if Lambert left us for Liverpool! I hope he does well & gets the results for Villa just to thank hin for his work he has done at Norwich, but if the results don't come for him at Villa ( I don't think they will ) he will be sacked by Christmas. I'm totally gutted he's gone

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    Michael Merrill

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Just in from a great evening at a winery where after the 11th wine I gave our German hosts a lecture about why I was sad and they said that's the problem with English football and that's why they were going to stuff us in the Euros. Most of them said, "Austin who?". Anyway, I just feel chucked. Like there's been a three year romance, we just moved into a nice house uptown and she's gone off to live in Brum with a dodgy, rich Yank living on Daddy's money. Tomorrow is another day, line up someone we can afford, like Poyet, and let's start again.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • God I hope you're right Preston.........please not Lennon........add to that Bruce as well. For me Hughton or maybe Robinson from MK Dons as he is doing a great job,plays decent football and is young and passionate. On the thought of Grayson then this could help with getting Jordan Rhodes, to replace Holty if he goes to villa, and also Snodders from Leeds. See with a little imagination it all looks sweeter!!! OTBC P.S. Whatever happens we still beat the sc*m 9-2!!!

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    Captain Canary

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Can't see Lennon coming here. I'd be tempted by Grayson or Hughton. I'd particularly like Hughton as he is an absolute gent, but also very focused on doing well.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Isnt Kenny Daglish suddenly available? Of course a translator would be required.

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    Paul Morley

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • If he goes to Villa and they have a bad start he'll more than a few Boo's to deal with!

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    kevin

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Replacement as soon as possible please.Roberto di Matteo if chelski show him the door, or Gus Poyet for his footballing passing stlye, big Malky also should be on the wanted list if all these fail.

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    nrg

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • As a lot of you have already stated "what goes around comes around" yet I for one am grateful to have had PL as our manager who in turn has put us back on the map! McNally seems to have totally ballsed this one up...you can't not offer a decent contract for the good work he has done and then turn around and tell him he can't talk to other clubs! Trust me when I say PL did NOT want it this way but felt he was forced into a corner!! Also it very interesting to hear all you comments on who should be the we gaffer.... I think that that there is a lot of sentimental suggestions going for the ex hero Malky.... Which for me is a backward step.... Not to mention he is not exactly Mr popular in the Cardiff dressing room, Hughton is more of the young upcoming managers we should be looking at yet we shouldn't overlook the talents of one Mr Holloway who's man management skills are beyond doubt up there with the best. Whatever the Norwich City Board decide to do let's pray they don't cock it up....as per usual! (Roder) OTBC

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    Stavros89

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • What next ? Ged Steroo as manager, with billythebookie as No 2. Next season we'll KO in blue and white with a white donkey on our shirts ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Let's all laugh at ip5w1ch.

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    Admiral F

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • So Mr Lambert has resigned, thats no surprise its what he allways does when a better offer comes along. What price loyalty, yes he has done a good job & thanks very much for that, but the 1st offer that comes his way he is off. How come Robert Martinez never took this attitude & walked out on Wigan when offered the job twice ? . Well all i can say is the king is dead long live king Malky lets go get him !

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    canrocku

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Agree Saturday. We acquired Lambert in similar circumstances. We have ditched the likes of Ewan and Malkay quick enough and the treatment of Hucks towards the ned was shaby. We still await the fate of a number of out of contract players. Still think Villa is a bad move because of the fans and Lerner.. The club might learn something form the way Wigan conducted things. No trouble finding a replacement after all, there are 30000+ of us who thnk we know better!

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Fun speculatin' innit... Lambert was Villa's 3rd choice behind Solskjaer & Martinez even though the fans clearly wanted him as their first choice... I'm not sure what his motivation is though, bigger club perhaps perceived as progress? I agree if he has aspirations to go then let him as his heart clearly isn't in the job anymore, maybe we should take a leaf out of Wigan's book and let him talk to Villa - Martinez did so and finally decided to stay put... I reckon Gus Poyet would be a good prospect if not!!!

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    green tiger

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • If he "resigned" then that would be it, and leave him in a weaker position talking to Villa. If he offers his resignation NCFC could not accept it and therefore he leave his position open. This was going to happen eventually, and just hope we end up with a decent replacement.

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    andrewjland

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • So Mr Lambert has resigned, thats no surprise its what he allways does when a better offer comes along. What price loyalty, yes he has done a good job & thanks very much for that, but the 1st offer that comes his way he is off. How come Robert Martinez never took this attitude & walked out on Wigan when offered when offered the job twice ? . Well all i can say is the king is dead long live king Malky lets go get him !

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    canrocku

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • The future of NCFC depends on financial security which imposes strict limits on transfer fees and wages. Effectively the managers job gets harder from here on in to try to stay in the PL . Paul Lambert apparently is not up for the fight now and prefers to move the goalposts. Norwich needed a Paul Lambert but he needed a Norwich City and I fear the "Peter's Principal" will operate as he is promoted to his level of incompetence in his next post. Everyone will be a loser,but I wish him well and thank him for his good work. Paris Canary

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    andrew percival

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • 11th May 2012.Paul Lambert said speculation he could leave Carrow Road is "absolute nonsense". With an attitude like that you are better off gone. Thanks anyway.

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    paul marris

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Well, so long, I guess...

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    Rogers of Norwich

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Only last week he said he is happy at Norwich, so I wonder what have changed since? But if he wants to leave now then I think we should let him go and begin looking for a suitable replacement. Thanks Lambert for the 3 great years.

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    ImDrunky

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • It's a cynical world out there, the small always being preyed upon by the big. Norwich took PL from Colchester, now Aston Villa have taken him. Many comments mention Ian Walker. Did he last a year? And don't forget John Bond, another great manager; he didn't last any longer! And don't forget the same thing has happened to Swansea too. The JBs, AWs and PLs of this world are part of the cynical game; all of them are tadpoles, hoping to become frogs. Unfortunately, most tadpoles don't make it! I hope the Club finds another 'unknown' from the lower divisions, who himself will discover lots more home-grown talent from there too. Norwich should try to do things differently; they will never be a 'big' club. So let's look for success rather differently than spending big, to get big - or go bust.

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    Steve Scrutton

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Goodbye Paul Lambert, may the luck of Mike Walker go with you.

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    InflatableCanary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • In time people will realise that David McNally is more important to the future of Norwich City Football Club. I only hope he doesn't go down the 'Norwich City old boy' route to find a successor to Lambert. We definitely don't want someone out of work, with a broken nose, who stopped a Sky Sports interview once when he didn't understand what the word 'disingenuous' meant. Nor anyone whose name begins with 'Meg' and ends in 'son.' Chris Hughton would appear to be an ideal candidate.

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    Will McLaughlin

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • We are just canaries in a land of vultures.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Neil Lennon to be the replacement.

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    Colin news

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • If he goes we should expect that the other two components of the Holy Trinity go with him. ***t happens, but as long as McN stays focused we`ll ride this one out. If PL poaches players, so be it. Those out of contract are a done deal. The others won`t go cheaply, if at all. Chris Hughton, you`ll love Norfolk.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Agree with kevin and southsea. We'll just have to weather the doom and gloom mob. Lambo left us in a stronger position than when he came and I'm sure the club will find an excellent replacement. OTBC.

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    cutty

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • So long.. and thanks for all the fish.

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    Preston Canary

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Disappointed. Obviously we are just refusing resignation to up the compensation payt. It is very similar to how Lambert joined us, so yes indeed, what goes around, comes around. I guess I was hoping for one more year but Lambert is clever - joined us when we were rock bottom - couldn't fail really - same now with Villa. We have to accept that whilst we have the better team on the pitch, at present - Villa are a more established Premier League Club with a bigger fan base. Presume ic & gk will go too & then it's just a question of how many players go with him. As we know he always takes 3 - 4 with him. BUT, onward & upward, the club is bigger than any one person (or potentially 6 or 7 in this case!). The board were right with Lambert so hopefully they will be right again. Not the ex villa manager please. Anyone else wanting Holloway? (Sorry Blackpool fans!)

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    Amanda Yallup

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Lambert brought us success but he never intended to stay so its delusional to think the "love" he expressed for the club and the fans was anymore than a means to an end to get to a bigger cluband more money. He walked out of Colchester so it was only a matter of time before he contrived to walk out of City in a way to somehow blame the club rather than his own behaviour. Egos and money is what the premier league is about now - and Lambert has shown himself a fast learner. If Holt feel to big for the club he should go too. Sadly loyalty counts for little now - one exception Adam Drury who stayed in bad times as well as good. Thanks Adam

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    boklok

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Paul H...t do so hope he wasn't trying to sell The Big Issue......Turn your mands back to the day that Nigel Wothington got found out. Think of what he has achieved after leaving. Next in line was Peter Grant and his success story. His abilities took us where? Along came Glen Roeder and his wonderful decision to dispose of the only jewel in our crown-Darren Huckerby took us to the edge of the cliff.... Bryan Gunn was called in, to steady the ship . Never going to be long term (Goalkeepers just do not fit the picture). The blame must be laid at the door of those that appointed those men to manage our club. Any attack thinking new man could only be successful, and Mr Lambert slotted in nicely. He now thinks that he is Footballs' Saviour and everything he touches will turn to gold. Wake up Mr Lambert and come back into the real world of Hard Knocks....Grant Holt won't be able to do the hard work for long should you decide to poach him. Whitbread and Wilbrahams although on freebies at the momemt may decide to seek their fortunes elsewhere, and may even be enticed back to Carrow Road. Others who seemed out of favour as the season drew to a close, may have ideas of their own......I' ll stop there, but have much more to add.

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Dave123. agree wholeheartedly about what McNally has achieved. That does not excuse complacency in this instance. No problem with Lambert leaving and I think McNally had impossible task to hold him once he sniffed a new challenge. It is the PR that has been a disaster; for all McNally's stengths this isn't one of them

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • chirpy

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Lambo has been a truly great manager in his time at City, but hugely ambitious and a bit cold with it. Walked out on Colchester after beating City, and has now walked out on City after beating Villa. I reckon he thought he couldn't improve much further with City and therefore left before his reputation started to fall. It was bound to happen some time, and maybe better for us now than later. Hughton or Poyet or Malky would be interesting, but please please please not Steve Bruce. He's been a disaster at every club he's managed.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Don't get why you'd leave a club like Norwich for an outfit like Villa but he likes a challenge for sure. Made a huge difference to Norwich. Maybe he doesn't feel the resources are there to take the club any further. If he does want to land a job at one of the big clubs one day turning Villa round in front his peers will get him on the radar if he isn't already. As a Liverpool fan I too am having to come to terms with the fact that Football is about more than the fans these days. Loyalty seems to be thing of the past but in the case of Norwich he has done a hell of a job to get the club where it is and for that I guess you have to wish him well.

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    debaser

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • If he stays, fantastic. if he goes thank you so much for all you have done and I wish you well. Its a good time for Malkey to step up, but the board will need to release some funds as new players will be needed. we might have to loose Pilks but we can set the bar high and have more spending money.

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    MBA Marine

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Of all the clubs he goes to Villa, horrible horrible fans. Now even more reason to dis like the club

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    Speedy

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Paul Lamberts looks set to take over Villa after being their third choice manager. Canary fans are left smarting because we think our loyalty has been questioned by those we trusted and worshipped. David McNally is indeed a shrewd and astute CEO, but, the saga's surrounding Grant Holt and Paul Lambert's 'departures' have been nothing short of a PR diaster. What is needed is some damage limitation and some assurances to the hoards of loyal supporters who turn up in their thousands, week in, week out. After three successful seasons this is the Norwich City supporters equivalent to being told by your wife she is leaving you for another man and taking the kids too.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Do hope Troublesome 1 is wrong and that the Norwich players feel more loyalty to the club than to Paul Lambert himself. Might not be the case with recent acquisitions like Jonny Howson though. It's going to be a long, worrying summer.

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Here is a public service infromation announcment for Mr. Paul Lambert :- Berminggum is wun uv the Larges citays in the u-nyted kingdem. It is pRRobebLay moest faymus fer the buLLRRingg und spegettee jungshun, but ittas eLo- mor to offa. The nashnel eksibishun senta is a gRRayt sawss uv pRRoid te the lowkel in-abitents und steps av bin tayken in RResunt yeers to impRRoov the appeeRents uv the citay.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Football managers are like ships passing in the night...

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    green tiger

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Separate Cully and Karsa from PL. Surgery may be required. Subsequent results may come as a surprise. Think Clough>Taylor.........

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Someone mentioned Paul Jewell - that's just a bl**dy insult!

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    green tiger

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Blimey I'm shocked how harsh some of the Canaries out there are being to Lambert!! People are quick to forget where he has taken the club from and to. Can't we remember those games at the likes of Oldham, Stockport and Wycombe and now, no disrespect to those great smaller clubs, but here we are back singing OTBC at Anfield, Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge!! I personally wouldn't change this for the world and it is by and large Lambert we have to thank for this. As Hucks said on Talksport with success this day was always going to come and we need to thank Lambert and let him move on for what is obviously a bigger paid job. Norwich is a great club from the board to the ball boys and along with "the most loyal and dedicated fans in the game" (S.Collymore) are a very attractive proposition to any manager. Remember when Billy Davies was interviewed after we beat Forest and he said City as a club where all moving in the right direction and had a superb setup. So come on you yellows get your beaks up, wish Lambert the best and trust in our great board to get in another successful manager!! P.S. You never know he might even stay yet..........especially if he speaks to his mate O'Neill about working for Randy Lerner :)

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    Captain Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I wondered how long before binner Snott would take to come and gloat. I suppose what every city fan is dreading is getting a poor manager, and rubbish team. Add £60m debt, a useless CEO and a rented ground, this is exactly what 1p5wich HAVE got. I would recommend to all disheartened city fans to have a look at 1p5wich: Things aren't so bad after all.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • he is not on a rolling contract anymore he signed a 3 year deal in may 2011. I read it in this very rag

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    Skip

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Lerner's wealth looks like settling it.Money talks.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • why would he want to go to villa? PL is clever,ambitious and I suspect is looking for success as much as , if not more than, money. He has the potential talent to create a Notts. Forrest so is he trying to shift the club into that thinking? I would like to think this is a negotiating stance, but if it was we would still be at great risk of losing him. Anyway thanks for the 3 years, it should have been 4.

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    Pen

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Holt first now Lambert,,either money talks or something is happening which we dont know about!

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    Jrob

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • 11th May 2012.Paul Lambert said speculation he could leave Carrow Road is "absolute nonsense". With an attitude like that you are better off gone. Thanks anyway.

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    paul marris

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • The future of NCFC depends on financial security which imposes strict limits on transfer fees and wages. Effectively the managers job gets harder from here on in to try to stay in the PL . Paul Lambert apparently is not up for the fight now and prefers to move the goalposts. Norwich needed a Paul Lambert but he needed a Norwich City and I fear the "Peter's Principal" will operate as he is promoted to his level of incompetence in his next post. Everyone will be a loser,but I wish him well and thank him for his good work. Paris Canary

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    andrew percival

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Ian Oi

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • steve bruce with chris sutton as no2

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    Ian Oi

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Dave123. agree wholeheartedly about what McNally has achieved. That does not excuse complacency in this instance. No problem with Lambert leaving and I think McNally had impossible task to hold him once he sniffed a new challenge. It is the PR that has been a disaster; for all McNally's stengths this isn't one of them

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Just not being allowed in today. Think I`ll send something to the Birmingham Post instead :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Oh dear! What goes around , comes around eh !

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • A PR disaster Mr McNally. You should be set up for a job with the government

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • GT, Sparky = Mark Hughes

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    kevin

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • We have the best CEO who turned this club around......Forget Lambert he is a journeyman like Brendan Rodgers. Time for a bit of stability and a loyal Bossstriker!!

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    dave123

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • It was always going to happen wasnt it, at least we had kept him for a first full season in the premiership. Wouldnt it be nice to have a long term manager like Fergie or Moyes.........lets hope Macnally can find another lower league manager,

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    Colby Army!

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Although the door hasn't yet slammed shut, its been pretty clear from what's not been said (right from the Villa game) that PL will go and will be taking GH and probably one or two others with him in due course, not to mention our supposed targets like Snoddy. I don't think PL has ever spent more than 3 seasons as a manager has he? We need to move on ASAP to get some certainty and optimism back. We need to try and recruit in his image, someone who instills the same hunger, team spirit and work ethic. His other great strength was his ability to change tactics mid game and make telling substitutions when it mattered. Not easy, but I like the idea of Houghton, or Curbishley - who made Charlton a top half premier league side with similar financial contraints. He also lives in Suffolk and could probably car pool with Delia if required!

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • just read the martinezwhelen article about rejection on sky sports.....villa not big enough!...obviously PL not as choosy, martinez finds Wigan more appealing than villa.....last time I looked we were bigger than Wigan and we cant keep our man :(

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    twotonecanary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • It's funny you know, but I guess many of us think that the managers and the players are somehow fans of the club they play for or coach and feel the same as we do as fans. But the reality is it's just a job for the vast majority of them and although they may kiss our badge one month, they will kissing another soon enough - pretty much all dependant on money. As fans we can be very passionate & fickle and easily forget they are all just building careers or maximising their earning potential. I'm sure we would all manage or play for NCFC for a pittance and until we couldn't any longer (if not sacked!) but for most of the players and managers they are not fans (inc' PL) and don't feel the same as we do about our clubs. (probably similar to how we feel about our employers) So, although desperately dissappointed along with the rest of us, I say best wishes to Paul and whoever leaves with him and now lets hope the Board make the right appointment for the next 3? years Onward and upward! OTBC

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    Southsea Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • What on earth did McNally expect? Lambo takes us up two divisions to the promised land and once there gains a very creditable 12th place! What a cheek he should ask for a bit of reward and security!!! McNally was very quick to comments regarding the cost of new shirts saying if we want to be a big club we should start doing things big clubs do.... Well David put you money where your mouth is and bring the wage structure to a big club level... That way we might just keep our prized assets and become one of those big clubs!!!

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    Stavros89

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • we cannot really complain, this is how he left Colchester to join us, just leaves a bitter taste when we are on the receiving end!

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    Skip

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • This was in many ways an inevitability. Lambert is a superb manager but he has got us into a position where we should be able to attract someone of equal calibre. A more prominent concern should be whether this is going to lead to an exodus of our best players, and whether it'll be Lambert himself (provided he goes to Villa) that does the poaching...

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    Seb Trower

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • It will be a sad but inevitable day when PL goes. That is football, it's about ambition and money. That goes for managers and players. Hope NCFC get the compensation for losing Lambert and begin the hunt for a new 'Paul Lambert'; an inspirational manager with good skills in tactics. Farewell Paul Lambert and the best of luck for the future.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Lambert brought us success but he never intended to stay so its delusional to think the "love" he expressed for the club and the fans was anymore than a means to an end to get to a bigger cluband more money. He walked out of Colchester so it was only a matter of time before he contrived to walk out of City in a way to somehow blame the club rather than his own behaviour. Egos and money is what the premier league is about now - and Lambert has shown himself a fast learner. If Holt feel to big for the club he should go too. Sadly loyalty counts for little now - one exception Adam Drury who stayed in bad times as well as good. Thanks Adam

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    boklok

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Don't worry your confused little head Lizzie Dripping. There's "Knott" a cat in hell's chance of Lambo (or anyone else decent) "coming round" to manage 1p5wich Down in the next 20 years. Now get back into the kitchen + try to pretend that you're Delia... Those who say McNally is the key figure are (IMO) spot on. Whilst he's here, we will always get aggressive, competent, young managers .Never again will we be taken advantage of byfree-loading players or staff. I'd prefer Hughton as a replacement, as I really rate him. Malky is closest to Lambo...in fact he's basically just a taller version of him...Scottish, Celtic, aggressive, cool, good tactics. Either of the 2 would do nicely. Hope we can hang on to our main players, but I agree that some of the contractual wrangling has actually been a set-up by (former) King Paul. Quicker we get a new manager in to settle things down with the fans, players + board the better !

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Skip

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • We remain uncler as to whether this is simply because of Villa being the attraction, or because of something that has happened within NCFC to make him want to look elsewhere. We may never know. Either way, if his heart for whatever reason is no longer with NCFC then it is sadly time for him to go. I just wonder, though, if this is all a reaction to something that has happened within NCFC and that in fact he'd like to stay, but that something internal within NCFC is getting in the way of this. Is there a difference between 'offering your resignation' and just simply 'resigning',We remain uncler as to whether this is simply because of Villa being the attraction, or because of something that has happened within NCFC to make him want to look elsewhere. We may never know. Either way, if his heart for whatever reason is no longer with NCFC then it is sadly time for him to go. I just wonder, though, if this is all a reaction to something that has happened within NCFC and that in fact he'd like to stay, but that something internal within NCFC is getting in the way of this. Is there a difference between 'offering your resignation' and just simply 'resigning'?

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Inflatable C. And just consider how we treated Walker the second time round. Villa might just need need Lambert for his knowledge of the Championship in 12 months' time!

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I suppose we should be flattered, we have only just come up and our manager is head hunted, same as swansea and rodgers. I dont see anyone after sparky!

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    Skip

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • This was in many ways an inevitability. Lambert is a superb manager but he has got us into a position where we should be able to attract someone of equal calibre. A more prominent concern should be whether this is going to lead to an exodus of our best players, and whether it'll be Lambert himself (provided he goes to Villa) that does the poaching...

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    Seb Trower

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Villa isn't that good a job, at least one person has turned it down already. So, it isn't a forgone conclusion that Lambert will go there, though what has happened is far from encouraging.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • What can ya do eh! It's a sad loss, but the club lives on! the players and managers come and go, the backbone of the club (the fans) stays on! OTBC!!! We're still in the premier next season, and hopefully lambert will be swiftly and smartly replaced. The tabloids have Neil Lennon down as favourite. Hope lambert doesn't drag too many players with him, that's kind of like rubbing salt in the wound:(

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Skip - who's sparky?

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    green tiger

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Pondlife-Mcnally turned this Club around not Lambert! He can go to Villa with Holt........We have a top Man who will sort things again!!

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    dave123

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • There is no difference to offering your resignation, and resigning. Because Lambo is in a contract, it is something he has to do if he wants to leave. The club is perfectly within its rights to refuse PL's offer. The reason he has done this is because we refused him permission to talk to another club. If we had given permission, it would have seriously reduced any compensation we would receive when he goes to villa. It's good business all round really.

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    Mark King

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Guess this explains why PL didn't exactly rush to tie Foxy up for us and ZW's around for 'offers'. GH is onside too but WH and AP might be more difficult for PL. Please don't tell me this was nor premeditated. Typical PL - it's why he's so good at what he does. Bless what we've had for 3 yrs, folks. Anyone but Bruce.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • what happened to the loyalty you talk of Paul. 23rd May 2012.Paul Lambert said speculation he could leave Carrow Road is "absolute nonsense".With loyalty like that who needs enemies at the club. Thanks anyway Paul.

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    paul marris

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • @btbookie-do you believe the Gambling Commission should investigate suspicious betting patterns billy?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Lambert is going to go sometime. I think he can do better than Villa. What are the implications for Culverhouse. Shoudl have offered Lambert an open permission to talk to any club above us in the league should the opportunity arise. Lambert must have seen the way the last 3 managers were treated by Lerner and the fans.. He must have a lot of self-belief or a very thick hide.

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I'VE JUST SPOTTED AVRAM GRANT IN THE CHAPELFIELD SHOPPING CENTRE

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    Mike Oxlong

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Loyalty goes both ways. Having achieved something which to my eyes seemed impossible in getting us promoted twice in two years, he then topped that by making us a genuine force in the Premiership. His reward? Hearing his team get booed halfway through the season, having fans relentlessly criticise the man who scored most of our goals early on, and watching the club completely fail to deal with our captain and top goalscorer being unhappy. What price fan's loyalty? (Not that he'll have better at Villa, natch)

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    Saturday Skin

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I do not see Grant Holt following Lambert,quite the opposite.A certain MON is an influential sort of chap.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Neil Lennon? Please no!!! There is a difference between passion and anger. The guy needs anger management classes and is not a very good role model for young players. There is also a BIG difference between English and Scottish football. Come on Board you can do much better than this! (He says angrily)..........

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    JJE

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Villa's shopping list: Grant Holt, Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson, David Fox, Russell Martin, and maybe one or two more from NCFC.

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    troublesome1

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I am surprised no ones mentioned Nigel Adkins done the same as what Lambo has !

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    GrumpyMike

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Not a good move for him personally. Villa are a joke in the midlands. He's about to learn a "Walker goes to Everton" lesson. 3 successive defeats + the most fickle fans in the UK will be calling for his head. Oh well. His funeral. Brilliant manager for us tho. My choice would be Chris Hughton to replace him, tho there's Malky + Poyet to consider too. It's going to be an "interesting" summer ! PS: If he wants Holt, the bidding starts @ £15 million.I'm sure we'll have plenty of others wanting Holty's services besides little villa + we don't needwant to sell him.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • Yes ICS! But it could also finish “HarrseUppards”

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, June 1, 2012

  • Villa isn't that good a job, at least one person has turned it down already. So, it isn't a forgone conclusion that Lambert will go there, though what has happened is far from encouraging.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • a real shame we have to find out by the gutter press!!! we obviously have a mole or he couldnt keep his mouth shut. Gutted for you loyal fans - absolute no loyalty in football any more irrespective of the success. it seems that the contracts work in the favour of the manager all the time. covered if he is sacked and can offer resignation to state he wants out... It would be nice to know who was flexing their muscles the most in the boardroom and why? Is he ready for a so called bigger club... i think another season would have helped him. i hope he struggles and we end up above them next season. so holt ruddy and who else to go, still we could get green back....... oh well lets hope it is hughton coming in but then would we want to pay compensation probably not.a real shame as nothing like this is amicable its all lip service

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    JB

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • bad move, as a midlander can defs say norwich is far nicer than villa!! and our fans are FAR better. big mistake i think

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    Midland Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • We remain uncler as to whether this is simply because of Villa being the attraction, or because of something that has happened within NCFC to make him want to look elsewhere. We may never know. Either way, if his heart for whatever reason is no longer with NCFC then it is sadly time for him to go. I just wonder, though, if this is all a reaction to something that has happened within NCFC and that in fact he'd like to stay, but that something internal within NCFC is getting in the way of this. Is there a difference between 'offering your resignation' and just simply 'resigning'?

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • It was always going to happen wasnt it, at least we had kept him for a first full season in the premiership. Wouldnt it be nice to have a long term manager like Fergie or Moyes.........lets hope Macnally can find another lower league manager,

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    Colby Army!

    Thursday, May 31, 2012

  • I suppose technically it`s not done & dusted yet? If it is, definitely NOT Steve Bruce, please. Or Paul Jewell!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, June 1, 2012

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