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Norwich City boss Lambert has a plan

PUBLISHED: 10:59 09 May 2011

Paul Lambert soaks up the party atmosphere at Carrow Road. Picture: Bill Smith

Paul Lambert soaks up the party atmosphere at Carrow Road. Picture: Bill Smith

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City boss Paul Lambert has already started setting out his plans for next season - before the club has finished celebrating its return to the Premier League.

Last night’s end-of-season dinner and tomorrow’s civic reception and parade are all part of the maintaining the party mood after completing back-to-back promotions.

After a 2-2 draw at home to Coventry wrapped up the Canaries’ Championship campaign, Lambert revealed he had spoken to his coaching staff and had a brief meeting with the board on Friday.

“I had a brief discussion yesterday with them and I am pretty sure I will have one or two more to find out basically what road we are going to go down,” he said. “As I said, the club is riddled with debt and I am pretty sure going into the Premier League will take care of that. I am pretty sure the board are on it. My job is I have got to get a helping hand to help that group. I spoke to the staff right after the Portsmouth game to try to see if we could do something, give the current group a hand and that’s what we will try to do.”

Lambert overhauled his side after winning the League One title 12 months ago – only four of the team that started against Coventry were at Carrow Road last season – and knows he will need to strengthen the squad again for top-flight football.

“That is what I have to try and get,” he said. “I am sure everybody is looking for that - looking for the right player and the right professionalism and the hunger, not just me. I’ve been fortunate enough with the lads I’ve brought in. They have been brilliant and you can see it, you can feel it how much they have developed. If you get that then you have got a chance.

“First and foremost this is a really tight group, but that wasn’t just made, we had to work hard to bring the right people in. Their ability is up there, no doubt about it and you try to marry the two. Football is psychological, it’s in your brain. I like to think I can get in people’s heads a bit.”

Lambert addressed supporters after the final whistle on Saturday and enjoyed the post-match celebrations as much as his players.

“I know I won’t always be here and when you have special moments like that you make sure you milk it,” he said.

“And we’ve been probably spoilt in the last two years, what’s happened to us in successive seasons. I am pretty sure it will live long in the memory of people. They have seen their team go into the Premier League, best league in the world, best players, best stadia, best teams and we have earned the right to go and play against them.”

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