Grant Holt confident former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert will rediscover success following Wolves exit
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Grant Holt is sure Paul Lambert will be able to reproduce the magic which made him so successful at Norwich City – if the Scot can find the right ‘project’.
The former Canaries boss left Wolves this week as the club’s wealthy ownership group, Fosun, replaced him with ex-Porto chief Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Molineux exit was Lambert’s third in just over two years, following the end of his reigns at Aston Villa and Blackburn, with troubled foreign owners the common denominator at all three clubs.
“Since he left here it’s been difficult,” Holt said of his former manager at Carrow Road. “He’s gone to Aston Villa and they cut his budget twice because they’d spent extortionate amounts and were paying extortionate wages – I think he got promised the world at Villa but it didn’t turn out like that.
“Then he went to Blackburn and he knew he had to leave when he left. Then he’s gone to Wolves and they’re pretty similar, they’re restructuring and they don’t know if they want to go and spend money to go and get in the Premier League or if they are happy where they are.
“With Paul being Paul, he probably wasn’t happy with what was said and said his piece.”
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Many Canaries supporters expected Lambert’s profile to rocket when he joined Villa in 2012, having led Norwich from League One to the Premier League with successive promotions.
Those glorious years have not been followed by success elsewhere for the former Celtic and Borussia Dortmund midfielder – with Wolves finishing 15th in the Championship – but Holt, Lambert’s captain at City, hopes his old boss can find a club which allows him to rediscover the winning touch.
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“He’ll be fine, he just needs to get in somewhere where he had a project like he did here,” the striker continued, speaking after meeting fans at the Canaries Official store at Chapelfied Shopping Centre in Norwich during half term.
“He came in here and built it up and people let him get on with it and do what he does best.
“That will happen, it will come around sooner than later, it probably would have happened at Blackburn if they had a better structure in place because he was doing good things there.”