Norwich gratitude for Lambert’s contribution

Norwich have revealed that manager Paul Lambert has offered his resignation, but that the club have rejected it in a bid to keep the Scot at Carrow Road.

Aston Villa have identified Lambert as their top choice as replacement for the dismissed Alex McLeish, and the Canaries boss has seemingly made up his mind to move to the Birmingham club.

However, an official statement on Norwich’s website has confirmed that they will battle to keep Lambert at the club.

“The club regrets to confirm that Paul Lambert has offered his resignation from his position as Norwich City manager,” the statement reads.

“We have fought hard to keep Paul at Norwich and have not accepted his resignation whilst discussions with another club are taking place.

“However, whatever happens, we want to place on record our sincere gratitude for everything Paul has done for the club over the last three fantastic seasons.

“When Paul joined us in August 2009 were in 66th position in the English football pyramid and the club was on the brink of financial meltdown.

“Today we are a Barclays Premier League football club, on a financially sound footing and with a stadium full to capacity.

“Discussions with Paul throughout the last few days have been professional and amicable. Paul has already earned his place in Norwich City Football Club history and, no matter what happens, will always have a friendly welcome at Carrow Road.

“Meanwhile, contrary to some media speculation, the club does not need to sell any players and the finances are in place to substantially strengthen the excellent squad which helped us to finish in 12th position in the Premier League last season.

“Rest assured that everyone behind the scenes at Carrow Road remains absolutely focused on continuing to help the club progress,” it concludes.

By Gareth McKnight