Norwich City boss Lambert uneasy about Hall of Fame accolade
Manager Paul Lambert admits to feeling uneasy about his inclusion in Norwich City’s Hall of Fame – despite the club’s extraordinary revival in his 2� years in charge.
Lambert is one of eight new inductees into the Canaries’ roll of honour, with a celebration dinner planned for March 6 at Carrow Road.
Three of his current squad – skipper Grant Holt, star forward Wes Hoolahan and long-serving defender Adam Drury – are also part of the new intake, while assistant manager Ian Culverhouse was one of the original 100 included after nine years as a City player.
But Lambert said: “I probably feel a bit uneasy because I’ve only been here two years. Does that mean I deserve to be in the same thing as Ian Culverhouse? No, I’d say not, because Ian played here for eight, nine, 10 years or what-ever it was. Adam Drury deserves it, he’s been here 10 years and played 300-odd games. Do I really deserve to be in? It’s other people’s opinion, but no.”
Even Lambert’s achievement of successive promotions, taking City from League One to the Premier League, where they currently sit eighth in the table, does not change his view.
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“That’s thanks to the players,” he said. “The players have done the promotion thing. We have been a small part of it, but if you’re asking, it does not rest quite easy with me because I don’t think two years compares with Ian Cul-verhouse and Adam. People like that, I can understand. They have been a major part of what’s happened in the many years they’ve been here. Myself? No.
“Holt and Hoolahan are players that have done it. Grant has been absolutely brilliant for us, as has Wes, they’re the ones that have had to go out there week in, week out, when the club was probably at its lowest ebb, to try to achieve it.
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“To be fair to them, I definitely think it’s great for those two to get in for what they’ve done.”
Lambert’s record of never being doubled as Norwich manager comes under threat from reigning champions Manchester United at Carrow Road tomorrow (1.30pm).
Defender Zak Whitbread could be back to face United after missing two games a hamstring injury, while the four players rested for the FA Cup fifth round tie against Leicester – Holt, goalkeeper John Ruddy, defender Kyle Naughton and midfielder Andrew Surman – are all expected to return.
“Zak has a good chance. He’s trained and I hope he’s going to be OK,” said Lambert. “Marc Tierney is doing all right too, but this one still might be a bit early for him.”
Lambert said City did not fear United, adding: “We know we’re against a really good side but that’s not to say we’re not going to try to give a good account of ourselves or try to win the game. We need the points ourselves and we’ll do everything we can to try to win.”