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Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert could kick-start career abroad

Paul Lambert will take his time before deciding on his next job in management. Picture: PA

Paul Lambert will take his time before deciding on his next job in management. Picture: PA

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Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert admits he may look abroad to kick-start his managerial career.

The 47-year-old recently parted company with Wolves after a restructure at the Championship club and Nuno Espirito Santo has since taken charge.

Since a glorious spell with the Canaries where he masterminded successive promotions from League One to the Premier League, Lambert’s star has dimmed somewhat.

Spells at Aston Villa, Blackburn and Wolves haven’t proved anywhere near as successful although he is reportedly on a shortlist for the managerial vacancy at Sunderland.

However, Lambert insists he will take his time before getting back into management.

There’s one or two things that I’m mulling over in my head at the minute,” the 47-year-old told BBC Scotland.

“I’m never adverse to anything but I think I would rather stay in England or I’d go abroad.”

Lambert departed Wolves after a restructure at the Championship club and Nuno Espirito Santo has since taken charge.

“I’m fortunate I don’t really need to jump into anything that I don’t think’s worthwhile or I think, ‘no, it’s not for me’,” Lambert told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound.

“So, I’ll take my time and I’ll see what I can do. It’s been brilliant [in England]. I’ve loved my time down there. I’ve had opportunities to go abroad, which I’ve turned down. I think my time’s probably away from Scotland.

“Wolves is a brilliant club, terrific fan-base. There’s some really good players there at Wolves and I’m talking about the lads that Walter Zenga brought in as well.

“Our job was to try to help them along the way but they made the decision, everybody became comfortable with it. There was no animosity whatsoever - there’s some good people there and we just decided to go our separate ways.”

Lambert was linked with a return to Norwich this summer before Daniel Farke was unveiled as City’s new head coach in their new management structure.

But wherever the Scot ends up next he wants to have a big say in terms of recruitment.

“I think the way any manager would like to work is if you’re going to fail, you make sure you fail on your own terms and you fall on your sword and that’s the way I’ve always viewed it,” he added.

“I’ve always thought, if a player’s going to come to your club, you make sure you’ve seen him or you know his character. Ultimately, you have to manage him for one, two, three years, for how long his contract’s going to be.

“I know for a fact that the top [managers] will never let anybody will come in without them knowing. That’s vital.

“You could have a really nasty dressing room with it if it doesn’t work and you don’t know their character.”

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