Belfast Telegraph

Dublin hails Lambert impact

Former Norwich striker Dion Dublin has praised manager Paul Lambert for the attitude and aptitude he has shown at the Carrow Road helm.

The former Scotland international took the reins at the Canaries in October 2009 when they were a League One club. He then led them to back-to-back from promotion and Norwich currently lie eighth in the Barclays Premier League, just eight points off a Champions League spot.

Dublin has been amazed by the way Lambert has changed the fortunes of his former club and believes it is no less than the Canaries deserve. He said: "I suppose I am surprised at their league position but not their overall performances. Paul Lambert has given them so much self-belief. He doesn't get over excited at anything."

He added: "He remains calm and the players feed off that. They have taken on board his ideas and everyone has pulled in the same direction.

"Norwich don't have a Wayne Rooney or a Didier Drogba, who can come up with a moment of world-class skill to win a game.

"They all have to work hard and follow a game plan. They started to win games and from that confidence has increased.

"It is a fantastic club and deserves to be in the Premier League.

"People don't think of it as a soccer hotbed but the supporters are as intense and passionate as they are at any of the big clubs."

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