No point looking back - new boss Lambert
David Cuffley Paul Lambert today looked forward to his first match as Norwich City manager and declared: “The season starts here.”The Canaries face Lambert's former club, Wycombe Wanderers, at Carrow Road tomorrow (3pm), still searching for their first League One victory of the season.
Paul Lambert today looked forward to his first match as Norwich City manager and declared: “The season starts here.”
The Canaries face Lambert's former club, Wycombe Wanderers, at Carrow Road tomorrow (3pm), still searching for their first League One victory of the season.
But the 40-year-old Scot, whose Colchester side won 7-1 at Norwich on the opening day of the season, will not be looking back to the club's past failings.
Asked why City's fortunes had declined so dramatically, he said: “I wasn't here, so there's no point in asking me. Sometimes teams are not going to let you do what you want - that's one of the main reasons.
“I'm not going to sit here and look back at what's happened in the past. There's no point because I wasn't part of it. I'm here to try to win as many games as I can and if we do that, we'll be OK. But there's no point looking back. We'll just try to do our utmost to get up that league.
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“This is where the season starts at the minute. It starts now.
“My first thought was Wycombe. I haven't thought about anything else. Wycombe is the most important thing at the minute.
“It's a difficult game. The onus is on us to make the running. The crowd will drive us one but Wycombe are a decent side. Peter Taylor's got them well drilled.”
He said there were one or two minor injury concerns and admitted: “There might be one or two changes. Even the young lads, if I think they're good enough, it doesn't matter what age they are then I don't have a problem about putting young ones in.”
Lambert, who has brought assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa with him from Colchester, believes there is quality in the City squad, but a lack of confidence.
He said: “Yesterday was our first day so we did a little bit of work with them to see what we thought ourselves.
“There's lots to work with, there's no doubt about it. There will be one or two changes but that's the nature of the game. You've got to be good enough to stay in the side, you've got to always look over your shoulder to think there's somebody going to take your place. I'm not here to appease people. I want to win football games because that's the nature of the game.
“When you've been beaten heavily it tends to affect people in different ways, but then you win your next game and draw your next one so you might have thought you'd have won (at Brentford). So if you don't start winning, it does affect you.”
Lambert did not outline Karsa's exact duties, but he appears likely to be a new broom sweeping through Colney.
“Gary will oversee everything that goes on in here. The club's had an easy street in certain aspects of it and it's up to us to bring the standards that I expect to this football club,” said Lambert.
The new boss admitted he may also look to thin out a senior squad he believes is too big.
“The club's got a lot of players at the minute, 30-odd is a lot of pros and one or two lads haven't played for long spells so we'll just have to see how everybody does in the next few days,” he said.