Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert is taking the Canaries to tribunal for £2m in losses over breach of contract.

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Lambert, one of the most successful bosses in the club’s history, is already the subject of ongoing action by City over his departure to Premier League rivals Aston Villa in the summer.

And City chairman Alan Bowkett, speaking at Thursday night’s supporters’ forum at Carrow Road, revealed to the 130 fans in attendance Lambert was seeking compensation from the club he walked out on five months ago – news greeted by stunned silence.

“He walked out on us – Aston Villa said he was a free agent so they are not paying us compensation, which we take issue with,” said Bowkett.

“However, interestingly Paul Lambert is taking Norwich City to an industrial tribunal for unfair dismissal and breach of contract, and he wants £1.5m to £2m from us. So we look forward to those tribunals.”

It was Lambert who took City from the depths of English football’s third tier to the riches of the top flight in just two seasons of stunning success, before the his third year at the helm saw him keep City there with Premier League survival.

Aston Villa declined to comment last night on Lambert’s tribunal action.

It is expected to be months before either tribunal is resolved – it was nine months before Colchester found resolution for Lambert’s departure.

For full reaction to Thursday night’s fans’ forum, see Friday’s Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

39 comments

  • After all the things he said about Norwich City and the supporters, it’s unfortunate we can sue him for being a Traitor. I was told by someone who collected rubbish from his home that PL left in such a hurry he left just about everything behind.

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    turnover

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Agree with MartinL.Lambert was a great manager but he was always a driven, ambitious man and we always knew he was using us to get to where he ultimately wanted to go although that's not to say that we didn't benefit greatly. However, it's really sad that the reign of one of our best managers is going to leave a bitter taste in all the fans mouths. We need to get behind the team and CH this weekend. Stamford Bridge is not the best place to go with this hanging over the club. Can only imagine what the atmosphere will be like when we meet Villa at the end of the month.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Traitors get stripped of their knighthoods however great their past deeds; PL should be thrown out of the Canary Hall of Fame. But wait, he'd probably sue us.

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    atlanta canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Traitors get stripped of their knighthoods however great their past deeds; PL should be thrown out of the Canary Hall of Fame. But wait, he'd probably sue us.

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    atlanta canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Excuse me, he's suing us? I used to argue the case for him but that is absolutely ridiculous.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • I don't really care what the tribunal comes up with thank you PL for what you done at City BUT in my opinion you have lost your "Legend Status" because of what you are doing now if you loved City like you used to say you did you would not do this. I think all the things that are coming out PL was not squeaky clean quite the opposite.

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    Ray Clarke

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • We have to ignore him when we play them even if it is away. It's mind games and it seems to be rattling the cages. We wound up Suarez and he got a hat trick. Don't give them the satisfaction, its what they want.

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    cm85

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Interesting timing with Aston Villa game just around the bend. A way to increase the tension and add some more spice to the event which was in danger of becoming just another football match as most people had moved on from Lambert's departure - obviously not him!

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    Eastangler

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • 503'd again.. what is the matter with you guys at Archant

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    canuk

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Throw him out of the Canary Hall of Fame. No, wait. He'd sue us.

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    atlanta canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Always thought there was more to come on this story. Badly handled from the outset it seems. Lambert is a calculating man. He wouldn't be taking this action unless he has been advised that he can win. Constructive dismissal would be my guess. If he does win, of course, we can wave goodbye to any hope of compensation from Villa too.Doesn't look like Mr McNally's finest hour.

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    Mikey B

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • If it is assumed that there is nothing hidden by the club about his leaving would it not be good PR for Macnasty to come clean and make a statement. The posting by Antony Sendall is brilliant and again unless we have not got the full story it shows he is a greedy xxxxxxx. Surely he has blown any feelings and support the fans had for him and it looks as though the Vanilla fans are not too happy about it either!

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    blackdog2

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • After all the things he said about Norwich City and the supporters, it’s unfortunate we can sue him for being a Traitor. I was told by someone who collected rubbish from his home that PL left in such a hurry he left just about everything behind.

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    turnover

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • It will be interesting to see what these tribunal claims are. Industrial Tribunals became known as "Employment Tribunals" several years ago now. The maximum compensatory award in the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal is £72,300 for dismissals taking place after 1 February 2012 with a small basic award that in Paul Lambert's case would be £1,075 as he had only two full years of continuous employment one of which was over the age of 41. Accordingly, he is looking at claim worth less than £75,000 for unfair dismissal. Contractual claims in the Employment Tribunal are limited to £25,000, so his maximum claim for contract claims and unfair dismissal combined, total less than £100,000. It is completely unclear how it can be said that he has claims for £2m in the employment tribunal unless he is bringing some form of uncapped claim such as a discrimination claim or a whistleblowing claim. Neither of those avenues sounds likely. Of course, I am sure that there is much more to his departure than meets the eye, but reports that suggest that he is making a claim for £2m for contractual claims and unfair dismissal claims in the Employment Tribunal can be safely disregarded. Antony Sendall (Barrister specialising in Employment and Sports Law and a lifelong supporter of Norwich City)

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    Antony Sendall

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Whats quite funny about this PL situation is that it appears to have angered the Aston Villa fans too. Their forums are hot on the subject and there is little support for PL.

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    Crazy

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Paul Lambert always seemed to consider options well before making decisions. His reasons to move from NCFC appeared to be more than what was let out in the media. If he walked out on his Contract he would have no case to pursue, unless he was constructively dismissed. There may be more of a story here than seen at first glance so it will be interesting to see what facts emerge.

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    Lizzie

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Interesting reading your professional viewpoint Antony Sendall. Please don't forget to bill Archant for that. One of my clients (I'm an accountant- and life long city fan too) was quoted £750 per hour. Wish I'd listened in school!

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    B Inners

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Football is, or often appears to be, a law unto itself, though. Perhaps he is trying to claim the wages, and bonuses he believes he is owed? Certainly moves the poor run of results and performances of the back page.

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    Soglio Star

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Unbelievable.. that man is the definition of a Mercenary. Colchester, Norwich.. Villa fans, are you looking forward to this bit? Thanks Mr Sendall for reassuring us a bit. Hopefully it will be as straight forward as that. But Lambert must have a solicitor who believes he has a case for the amounts mentioned right? Lambert vs McNally in court, I'd be interested to see that.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Glad to know that John L Norton has a monoploy on wisdom. Either he is suing us or he isn't, and if he is then that is something we should be told because if he wins it will cost us. No one has forgotten where we are in the league. I am able to hold at least two thoughts in my mind John - give it a go!

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    a fine city

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • The one thing you can guarantee is that nobody will ever be the wiser as to what actually happened because this will all be settled out of court with confidentiality tags attached.

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    outsider

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • What a great way to create a distraction and take the emphasis away from Norwich's dismal form and what a great place to let the news go at what was likely to be a very fractious supporters forum. Very devious in my opinion. Some of you need to wise up as you are being taken for fools.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Lets hope Norwich City get taken for every penny by Lambert . What goes round ,comes round. Col Utd supporter

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    honeysucker

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Unbelievable!

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    chirpy

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • What a great way to create a distraction and take the emphasis away from Norwich's dismal form and what a great place to let the news go at what was likely to be a very fractious supporters forum. Very devious in my opinion. Some of you need to wise up as you are being taken for fools.

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    John L Norton

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Nice to see the comment from Tony Sendall. We don't often get genuine ' inside ' info on here. Will be interesting to see how this all pans out but it doesn't leave Lambert in a very good light whatever the outcome.

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    Graham Last

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I havehad a sneaky suspicion there was a lot more behind his (lambert) leaving than what was reported in the media. let us wait for the results of the tribunals before we hang,draw and quarter the man. Managers don't normally leave before their contracts expire, unless they are not performing, and other clubs are not normally after managers if they have not got the other clubs permission to talk to them..

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    canuk

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Lambert was a good manager, not a great one. A great manager is Bobby Robson, someone who took a relatively small club similar to our own to the very top with limited resources and showed enormous integrity throughout his career. Lambert did well to get Norwich to the Premiership but didn't have the guts, the skill or the integrity to see it through. Instead he thought he could go straight to the top by joining what he perceived to be a top club and pocket a large pay rise. This absurd claim only serves to highlight his money-grubbing instincts. I hope sincerely that he gets panned in the Employment Tribunal and equally panned with Villa in the Premiership. He'll be crucified when Villa play at Carrow Road. Can't wait.

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    User Removed

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Further to my previous two comments, I have had another thought as to the possible claims by Paul Lambert. I strongly suspect that there was a provision in his contract for a substantial (£2m ?) bonus for retaining Premiership status. If so and if Norwich have not paid it, then I suppose that there could theoretically be an Employment Tribunal Claim for that sum. Bonus is ‘wages’ for the purposes of the relevant statutory provision and there is no cap on an unlawful deductions from wages claim – indeed I acted for Mary Walz (Nick Leeson’s former boss) in the Employment Tribunal when she sued Barings for her substantial unpaid bonus that was declared just a few hours before Barings went ‘belly up’. So maybe there is an employment tribunal claim for £2m after all, but it is not a contract claim as such, but an unlawful deductions from wages claim. All this just emphasises why it is dangerous to speculate as to what may be going on...

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    Antony Sendall

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • So PL is saying that he was constructively dismissed because we refused him permission to leave? Weird. Maybe this will help to end the Lambert worship that's been going on as part of the anti- Hughton campaign on these boards.

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    MartinL

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • Nice to see the comment from Tony Sendall. We don't often get genuine ' inside ' info on here. Will be interesting to see how this all pans out but it doesn't leave Lambert in a very good light whatever the outcome.

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    Graham Last

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • JohnLNorton, perhaps you should take a moment to consider before you issue your scattergun abuse. We are not all fools. Don't you think it's possible that we understand the timing of the announcement but are still annoyed at the idea of the man suing us? If you can't grasp that fairly simple concept then I'm afraid it's you that's the fool.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I havehad a sneaky suspicion there was a lot more behind his departure than just what the media reported. Normally a manager is let go if he is not performing, not because his contracted has not expired, and other clubs are requesting him. Let us wait and see how the tribunals work out before we hang, draw and quarter him for his leaving the club. We may have a different opinion of him after this has all been settled.

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    canuk

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • there is only one word i have for that man now and the EEN will not print it but it starts with a W and ends in ER with ANK in the middle. He may have got us to the Promised land but to do this, well it shows he is just after money not glory.

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    CanarySid

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I am disappointed that the club seems to be making selective release of information about the dispute with Paul Lambert. Our "new regime" have already lost in their dispute with Colchester. To be the wronged party with Lambert walking out and yet still to be on the back foot does not indicate a well run business which the local media are encouraged to portray. It is disappointing that the case is likely to run on for months when the club needs to be free to concentrate in consolidating matters on the pitch, But to give partial details at a Fans Forum has created more uncertainty and a distraction from the priority of success on the pitch.

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    burnhamcanary

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Unbelievable. The man is the definition of a Mercenary. First Colchester, now Norwich. Villa fans, are you looking forward to this bit? Thanks Mr. Sendall for reassuring us a bit. But I worry that Lambert's solicitor believes he has a case for this £2m.. otherwise he wouldn't start the case would he? Let's just hope its as simple as you say it might be.

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    MancCanary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Any truth in the rumour that Hughton is suing the back four for dereliction of duty against Liverpool?

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    norniron canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Nice to see the comment from Tony Sendall. We don't often get genuine ' inside ' info on here. Will be interesting to see how this all pans out but it doesn't leave Lambert in a very good light whatever the outcome.

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    Graham Last

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Having now read some of the other media reports and in particular, having seen Paul Lambert's reported comments, it seems likely to me that the matter has been misreported or that Mr Bowkett got a little muddled in what he told the Fans Forum. There is a standard clause included in Managers' contracts that disputes over their employment contracts will be referred to the League's Managers' Arbitration Tribunal. That Tribunal has wide-ranging powers including a power to order payment of sums of money. There is no provision for a cap on such amounts. So a "£2m claim" would be possible. It may be that this Tribunal is what has been described incorrectly as an "industrial tribunal" in the Media. There may also be an Employment Tribunal claim as there is a 3 month time limit on bringing such claims, but I would expect that to be stayed pending the outcome of the Managers' Arbitration Tribunal. The claim in the Employment Tribunal is likely to be of little real consequence given the cap on damages referred to in my earlier comment. It is also suggested in some of the reports that Norwich are suing Paul Lambert - this may well be a reference to a counterclaim in front of the same Managers' Arbitration Tribunal or it could be a claim in some other forum such as the High Court depending on the nature of that claim. There is of course also a dispute raging between Norwich and Villa over compensation for Norwich. No doubt who is 'suing' whom and for what will eventually become apparent, unless as several observers have already commented, it is all settled on a confidential basis. In the meantime, inventive fans are no doubt composing topical songs and ribald taunts to be used at Villa park in the forthcoming fixture between AVFC -v- NCFC.

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    Antony Sendall

    Friday, October 5, 2012

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