Lambert is staying with us, insist Canaries board
PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:18 02 July 2010
Norwich City's top brass have rejected reports linking manager Paul Lambert with the vacancy at Premier League club Burnley, insisting: "He's staying with us.
Norwich City's top brass have rejected reports linking manager Paul Lambert with the vacancy at Premier League club Burnley, insisting: "He's staying with us."
Some bookmakers have made Lambert favourite to replace Bolton-bound Owen Coyle as Turf Moor boss, but the Canaries are adamant there has been no contact.
Chairman Alan Bowkett went further and predicted that Burnley and City would be in the same division next season - the Championship.
Said Bowkett: "He's staying with us and we have every confidence that if Paul were approached and offered the position, he would wish to stay with us.
"Paul is so enthused about working here. I think he wants to work with the fans. He is incredibly motivated by their support and encouragement. I think he would find it extremely difficult to leave.
"Equally he is an ambitious individual who wants to achieve things. To do that, he's got to start winning and I'd like to think he's going to win here and get us promotion and get us into a promotion position next year.
"To be perfectly brutal, it is probable that we will be in the Championship next year and it is probable that Burnley will be in the Championship next year, and I think Paul would prefer to work for the Norwich fans than the Burnley fans."
Chief executive David McNally said Lambert being linked with a top-flight job was a measure of his success at Norwich.
He said: "It's not just Paul being linked with Burnley today. In the last week or so, people are asking us are we going to keep hold of Grant Holt or Wes Hoolahan? Please, please give me these problems.
"These are the problems that any successful football club really encourages. We want these questions, we want these issues.
"Paul Lambert is likely to be linked with every vacant managerial position from all over Europe through to the Premier League because he's clearly a very capable manager. On the Burnley issue we've had no contact from Burnley, he's had no contact from Burnley.
"We've said that Paul will manage in the Premier League one day and we want that to be with us."