Ex-Norwich City boss Paul Lambert linked with vacancy at Hull City
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Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert could be on his way back to the Championship.
Lambert is among the favourites to fill the managerial vacancy at Hull City, who parted company with Leonid Slutsky on Sunday.
The Scot is in the frame alongside favourite Nigel Adkins, former Canaries player and manager Gary Megson and Tony Pulis.
Adkins is 10-1 on with SkyBet, with Megson 12-1, Pulis 16-1 and Lambert 20-1.
Lambert left Carrow Road for Aston Villa in 2012, before moving on to Blackburn and Wolves, although he has never been able to replicate the success he had at Norwich, a club he took from League One to the Premier League in consecutive seasons.
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Former Scunthorpe boss Adkins has been out of management since leaving Sheffield United in May last year.
However, he was reportedly considered by Hull when Slutsky was appointed in June. From Hull’s point of view the attraction is that both Adkins and Lambert are out of work, thereby avoiding any compensation claims, and able to start immediately.
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Lambert, 48, has also been linked with the Scotland national team manager’s job following the exit of Gordon Strachan and admits he would be happy to speak to the Scottish Football Association about the vacancy.
“I played for the national team, it is my country, so you do maybe think ‘let’s have a look’. I wouldn’t ignore people,” he told BBC Sportsound. “If they ask me to speak to them, I would speak to them, of course.”
Former Norwich defender Malky Mackay, the SFA’s performance director, was in charge for Scotland’s friendly loss to the Netherlands last month but won’t be considered for the manager’s job on a full-time basis.
It is likely that the SFA will draw up a short-list in the new year.
Lambert added: “Whoever gets it has got a big job on his hands. You are not just there to nurture players. The national team has to qualify for a major tournament. It has been 20 years. We can’t be thinking we will wait three or four years for these players to develop.”