Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has tried to play down his return to Carrow Road tomorrow night.

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The 43-year-old will return to Norfolk for tomorrow’s Capital One Cup quarter-final for the first time since his departure to join the midlands club.

Speaking ahead of the clash, the Scot said he wouldn’t be surprised if the reaction of some Norwich fans is unfavourable, although there was little hostility towards him when the sides met at Villa Park in October.

But he believes having played for Celtic, and the reaction that prompted from Rangers fans, will stand him in good stead for any flak tomorrow evening.

He said: “It’s a hard one to call whether they want to do that (give me stick) or not.

“You would like to think that the sensible ones would maybe think ‘you’ve done all right’. But I know you might get stick.

“You’ll probably hear it. But listen, I was at a club for eight years that half the city hated (Glasgow).

“I still get it to this day when I get home. You can still get the odd shout in the city centre - and I retired from playing about 15 years ago.

“When you have been involved in that, then you can handle anything.

“I really don’t know what to expect but it’s not something I’m actually too fazed about.”

What do you think? Will fans boo or clap Lambert? Vote in our poll and leave a comment below.

35 comments

  • What a sad state of affairs this society and so called paper is in when we have polls like this? Is the EDP trying to stir up trouble? Grow up and report on some REAL news!

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    Digby

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Thank him for leaving when he did

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    andys

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • The poll so shows there is relatively little bad feeling against Lambert that I`m surprised the EDP didn`t "pull" it. Like they did with comments on, and scurrilous promulgation of, a training ground incident. This moved Hughton to such ire even he said it was "a bit naughty". Strong words indeed.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Greedy Greedy Jock!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I just hope he hangs on to his job for us to beat them in the league at home. This statement about our obsession is simply desperation to feed his own ego as Canary fans and Villa fans don't like him. He knows he's thrown away his rep he built with us, and he is actually obsessed with us.

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    JimBob

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Let's move on from greedy £ambert, he's history and now a competitor. Let's all get right behind Chris Hughton, the fans haven't really shown their appreciation for the tremendous job he has done for us in such a short time. Better squad, better team and better Manager than his predecessor.

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    westoncanary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • The bit I left out broadly supports Digby`s comment. Once this booing thing is over, normal service will be resumed @ the Woolpack. Training ground spats etc.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Agree it must be a slow news day. As for PL we would not be where we are today if it was not for him and his team, for that I thank him. If I was there I would applaud him and then get fully behind the Yellows and look to have a win; which may not be that easy as Villa are staring to get it right. Carls 421 sums it up very well. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Lambert should be treated like any other opposing manager. Doing nothing is the way to go. Like that song title by Gotye, Lambert is "Somebody I used to know".

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    mellow yellow

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • No doubt the mischief-makers in the "meeja" will concentrate on the 9% of folk who chose to boo rather than the 91% who chose not to. Then back to promulgating training ground rumours and general muck-raking. I wonder what a "proper" journalist, like Charles Dickens, would`ve made of it? There should be a "Boz-man" Rule. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • What a totally ridiculous poll!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Ethered again. Précis. No doubt the meeja will major on the 9% of "Boo boys" rather than the 40% clapping. Let alone the silent majority of 51%. That`s if you place any credence in the poll.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • He's just another manager, managing another team we want to beat. This is a non story made to stir up trouble. And supporters get a bad name...

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Let`s just win the game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Carls421 - it could have been you.....

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    MonkeyNuts

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Just ignore him...who am I talking about again?

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    JimBob

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • thanks to Mr Lambert for the fabulous years we had from him. he felt he had to move on, we over that now, wish he could be. looking forward to taking Villa's scalp cause they're in our way, not cause Lambert is their manager. he's just another opposing boss now, end of

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    Tim Will

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I always agree with you Doc, but your last posting is contradictory. They did invent rumours but didn`t stir up a non-story?? Then ran away when a few of us rumbled them. Unfit for purpose.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • was the right time for him to go, his team was running out of steam. Let's go forward with CH now till its time for him to go :) I don't believe for a minute in loyalty in football or any other business, if someone offers you a career opportunity you take it, whatever line you are in.

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    SussexYellow

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Its not that he just walked out on the city its the dirty way he did it, and lets remember that although he got city to the big league, it was city that put him in the window on show, so he benefitted just as much, but i'm glad he showed hes true colours when he did as CH is just as good and no dought more loyal

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    Cockney.canary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Clap him, beat Villa, Sing "It could have been you" simple as...

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    Carls421

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • If things had not gone quite so well we would have dumped him quick enough, just as Villa did with their last manager. . I think he could have waited for a club that was on the up; Villa show all the signs of Blackburnitis, spiralling downwards. Good luck to him; can;t se Vila sticking with him if they continue to struggle. And even better luck to Chris Hughton (and hope Spurs don't sack their manager any time soon)

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    Pondlife

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • City are where they are today thanks to Mr Lambert. What happened between him and the City management will never be truly known. But in football ,there is always a constant movement of coaches between clubs. He deserves respect and gratitude. he was a success at the City.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • As cross as I am about the way he departed, we should applaud him. Interesting on the article about Tettey`s absence on Saturday that all comments have been deleted. Mischief making journos can`t take criticism, it would appear.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Not you, Doc, the scribblers!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • No doubt the mischief-makers in the "meeja" will concentrate on the 9% of folk who chose to boo rather than the 91% who chose not to. Then back to promulgating training ground rumours and general muck-raking. I wonder what a "proper" journalist, like Charles Dickens, would`ve made of it? There should be a "Boz-man" Rule. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • As cross as I am about the way he departed, we should applaud him. Interesting on the article about Tettey`s absence on Saturday that all comments have been deleted. Mischief making journos can`t take criticism, it would appear.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I don't see any need to be resentful. He decided to leave for something that he felt was an opportunity at the time having taken us from League one to the Premier League and kept us there for a season. In the meantime he has been replaced by a man who is doing a fantastic job. So there's a little bit of rankor over the manner of his leaving, but there's no point hanging on to someone whose heart isn't in it.

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    Adam Penny

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

  • Life's too short for all this stuff, just let it be. Lambo did an excellent job to get us from League One to the Premier League and who can say if we would have been doing as well as we are if he had stayed, probably not in my opinion.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • He had 3 good years with us, he did well, he was well rewarded. He took us as far as he could and jumped ship as soon as the £ notes were put in front of him. He is now an oposing Manager, who left us in an acrimonious manner. Give and his awful team stick I say.

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    westoncanary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • What a sad state of affairs this society and so called paper is in when we have polls like this? Is the EDP trying to stir up trouble? Grow up and report on some REAL news!

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    Digby

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Water under the bridge. The longer the season goes on, the less I think or care about Mr. PL. A bit like the girlfriend who dumps you - you know she ain't coming back so move on. I still feel Mr. PL has certain character elements that will block him from getting to the top as a manager but frankly I don't care too much. Really looking forward to the game Tuesday - over from Belgium for my (and my 4 year olds) 3rd game of the season - all league cup matches. With the injuries mounting, will be interesting to see who lines up for us. COYY.

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    Barry Rasberry

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Let him have both barrels when he emerges from the tunnel, then chant Chris Hughton's name throughout our passage into the semi-final. We haven't given Hoots anywhere near the appreciation he deserves. In a few short months, he has built a better squad, better team and developed a set up that is more than capable of establishing itself in the EPL. When £ambert walked we were on the slide! OTBC

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    westoncanary

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • I can't believe a journalist would stir up a non story just to fill column inches. My prediction is that Mr L will get less jeers and boos than someone like Warnock or Keane. He did VERY well for us but that was in the past, Hughton clearly is a capable successor. Re the Tettey article it's interesting that journalists can invent rumours about training ground arguments with equanimity but don't like being pulled up on it!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, December 10, 2012

  • Your headlines EDP -there was me getting interested because I thought you meant Norwich's own tea merchants from better days. But its only football.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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