Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Lambert success 'made him a target'

Darren Huckerby
Darren Huckerby

Former Norwich forward Darren Huckerby feels the success Paul Lambert brought to Carrow Road made it inevitable he would move on.

Lambert, 42, took the Canaries up from npower League One after being brought in from Colchester in August 2009, and then immediately on into the Barclays Premier League, where they finished a creditable 12th place. He is understood to now be in the running for the vacant Aston Villa role.

Huckerby, who played 174 times for Norwich, can understand why Lambert has been linked with other clubs. He told TalkSPORT: "Eventually with his record and what he has done at Norwich, it looked like someone would poach him - but that is football, it has always been the same, when managers do well, they move on."

And he paid tribute to Lambert, saying: "We have got to look at the last three years, where we have come from and where we are now, and say thank you to Paul Lambert if he does go."

Villa keeper Shay Given, meanwhile, said he would welcome the appointment of Lambert.

The 36-year-old is currently away in Italy with the Ireland squad as they prepare for the Euro 2012 finals.

He said: "If that's the case - I have no idea, because I am stuck in Italy somewhere, about what's going on at Aston Villa - but if Paul was to come in, he would be a great appointment because he is a fantastic manager.

"Since he took the hot-seat at any club he has been at, he has just gone all the way up all the time, so hopefully if they can get that done, that would be great news for the club.

"The sooner the manager is in place for next season - because he will have targets and players he will want to get in himself - the sooner that's done, the better."

Should Lambert leave Carrow Road, the likes of Birmingham boss Chris Hughton and Cardiff's Malky Mackay, a former Norwich player, would be potential candidates.

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