Norwich City manager Paul Lambert heads the Aston Villa shortlist to be their new manager, according to most of today’s national newspapers.

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And Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy has said there is ‘no doubt’ that Lambert will continue to be linked with managerial vacancies.

Today’s Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Sun, Mirror, Daily Star and Daily Express all claim that Lambert is at the top of Villa’s wanted list although bookmakers still have Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez leading the race.

Martinez himself told the BBC that he’s “done something well” to be linked with the Villa Park post but described the situation as speculation.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Ruddy said that he owes a lot to Lambert: “He’s a very driven man. People know what he did in his playing days and he’s taken that same energy, enthusiasm and will to win into his management, as you’ve seen over the last few years.

“He will be linked, no doubt, with a number of jobs that come up. He’s been massive, not just for the club but for me personally. He gave me a chance, he brought me into the club and he believed in me and it’s the same with every player. His winning mentality rubs off on you. He’s been massive for the club.”

Villa yesterday sacked Alex McLeish after a disappointing season which yielded just seven Premier League victories.

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  • Ian Fleming to back him up, Pa Snipps?? Are we getting 007 on board, perhaps to take out Randy Lerner, or perhaps you meant to portray him as the child catcher in Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang?? In all honesty, I would rather not be looking at ex players who don't have coaching managerial experience. Look where that got us last time. I believe Lambert will stay for another season, but if not then I would like someone who has some experience to take over. Someone like Hughton or Lee Clark, or even Nigel Adkins if we could persuade him to leave Southampton. Anyway, that is just speculation for the sake of it because we still have a manager. Oh and Kenny has come out and told the owners that he wants to stay and take the club forward, so no vacancy at LFC unless they sack him.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Dear Lord Lambert, Please stay at our Club and Make us a Top Ten Club next season and Improve us every year so we can be back in Europe. The Players Love you and Us Fans Love you. Villa Is Not a Step up for you We can be Bigger and Better than them with you in charge of our Beloved Club.

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    CanarySid

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • I don't think Lambert will go to Villa - 4 managers in 2 years including his "gaffer" Martin O' Neill. Doesn't exactly shout security.(Wonder how PL felt about finishing above Sunderland in the league?!) PL isn't ready for one of the "top" clubs yet. His expertise isn't in dealing with big name players and pots of money. Now if a club like Everton came calling in the future I would be very, very worried.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • beat me to it Brewer ;)

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Good riddance. I'm joking of course, but perhaps we could try play hard to get with Lambert. Tell him he'll get a new contract if he's lucky. But in all seriousness, we absolutely need him to stay and judging by our previous appointments and our finances available, he may be our only hope of being a more familiar face in the Premier League. Back this man.

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    Billy

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Perhaps if we promise to name the new tier on the city stand after him when he keeps us prospering in the prem for a bit he'll stay?

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    Admiral F

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Even if St Paul goes, I don't want Brendon Rodgers. He is obviously capabable but he does not seem very flexible. He only has one game. et,s hope this all gets sorted as soon as possible, then we can get on with the real business. Joey Barton and Matio Balotelli had a fight on a cliff and both fell off. Q: Who won? A: Football.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • During weeks like these, I wish Iwan had gone into management. What an appointment THAT would be. Hucks as his deputy. Mouth-watering ! I might even prefer that to Lambo + Culvers. But back to reality. I see Martinez seems to be taking over as fave for Villa. now. We'll have a bit of that. Even if we do survive the "Villa crisis", I fear another one will be just around the corner. Lambo said he doesn't want to manage in Scotland...which almost guarantees an approach from Celtic as soon as Lennon stumbles ..

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Mick McCarthy backed into joint favouritism for the Villa Park job.MM would be ideal for them.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Why don't we up PL's salary by the £1.5million we earned by ascending 2 places last Saturday? Or offer PL £750,000 and place the other half on him getting the Villa job! bet365 are the best odds at 158

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    Sprowstonboy

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Norfolk`n`good, grate(!) minds think alike. You said what I said in far fewer words. I think I may have contracted acute prolixity from Mr. Davitt!! OTBC. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Brewer, I agree with many of your entries on here, but "Go if you want"?!?! Lambert has done a better job than any manager like Malky by a huge distance! You treat it as go if you want, I personally see it as make or break for NCFC.

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    Billy

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • We should start lining Malky Mackay up to fill the gap...

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    Mel Lacey

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Lambert has unfinished business at Norwich. He clearly works on targets to spur him on - there is plenty to be done with Norwich. Top half of the table next year Europe the year after. And is he really mad enough to swap rest days in Norfolk for rest days in Birmingham??

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    Steve Gordon

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • King Kenny has gone - now that would be a move worth making for Lambert - we would accept that but they are likely to go for foreign option?

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    Meds

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • if he does go lets hope he doesnt take any players with him!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • My comments have vanished into cyber space - just to say there could be a huge managerial merry-go-round then affecting Liverpool, Wigan, West Brom, Aston Villa, maybe Norwich, maybe Spurs and Swansea if they want to bring in Rodgers to block him going to Anfield. Chelsea may have a change. Anyone I've missed? Sir Alex calling it a day?

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Why don't we up PL's salary by the £1.5million we earned by ascending 2 places last Saturday? Or offer PL £750,000 and place the other half on him getting the Villa job! bet365 are the best odds at 158

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    Sprowstonboy

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • I thought I had better put my 4p in......Mr Lambert has worked wonders since he joined Norwich City...No manager could have been expected to achieve more....... He is now at a crossroads....If he stays, he will be expected to finish in the top half of the Premier League next season...If he doesn't, then his magic will seem to have disappeared , the bigger clubs may look upon him as mediocre, and his attraction for them could have nose-dived. ….If he decides to go, then I send him Best Wishes for Good Luck (he may well need it). We would need to replace him with Quality. ..Ian Culverhouse may well be shortlisted, giving the team continuity. Malky has been mentioned, and I suspect Ian Fleming could back him up. Add to those the names of Iwan Roberts. Darren Huckerby. All 4 would be unhampered by the presence of Nigel W. Neil Adams is another who could come into the equation. Almost a Dream Team.... Other “Old boys like Eadie, Mcveigh, Ashton and others still living in the area may well jump at the chance to be involved. ..This would leave myself, MB, Pondlife, and others no longer required to help steer the ship!

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Timbo, I`ve been ethered twice. You have a good point. Lambo risks becoming seen as a blackmailer. Go if you want. Malky would be fine. Honest man.Nobody is irreplaceable, Paul. BTW is Mr. Rodgers not Brendan?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • That's right Richard. Newspapers are not in the business of being positive. They thrive on negativeness and rumours. That's why the trolls here get a free pass..

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Only thing missing from the gloom and doom on here is Ged Steroo and his two pennyworth. Lambert and McNally had a seven year plan, they are in front but still a lot to achieve. This is a family club, a community club without the big aspirations similar to Villa, within reason Lambert is left to do his own thing, that would not happen at Villa with the American owners. O'Neill will surely have marked his card and as we all know, four managers in two years sounds like a good recommendation. He will still be here next season!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • That`s all rumours do; circulate. All will be revealed. Rumour has it that Snodgrass is on his way to Norwich from our 2nd division mid-table feeder club, Leeds Disunited.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Eureka! That`s it! Lambo is going to run Salem Red Sox and Brendan Rodgers will take over at Norwich, leaving Swansea to appoint Neil Warnock, while Leeds try to buy all their players back from..... Norwich. `Arry`s just keeping his head down. Wise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Amen as well Anyone know how to set up an on-line petition and publicise it to fans?

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • JMH

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Well said John Doe, Even so I will join in the prayers!!

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • There are some that he could take, just hope it isn't Wes and Grant

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • He took a big gamble when he joined us remember we'd lost 7-1 and our finances were in a mess. Will he take a similar gamble with Villa or improve his Prem credentials with us for another season and be ready for a bigger and richer club like Liverpool. I think he would do better with us and Villa is a far more risky option.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • billy beat me to it.If Dalglish does go Martinez would be favourite to take over at Anfield,leaving PL the clear choice to take over at Villa Park,or possibly the other way round.History looks to be conspiring against NCFC.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Amen, likewise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Of course if Lambert did go, Norwich might get somebody even better. Not sure who. But it's not the end of the world.

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    Richard Slipper

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Isn't Glen oh dear a scout for Villa? If they want annother ex Norwich manger take him.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Season finished.... we did well ......but let's face it, what would we be talking about if it wasn't for the 'Lambo issue'. we'd all be playing tiddlywinks with nothing to do.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Dave Whelan says he "won't stand in Martinez's way if Villa make the right offer". Doesn't sound like they're fighting too hard to keep him ..

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • The American Corporation that owns Liverpoo also owns a low-league baseball team called Salem Red Sox. Is that global branding or just another Witch-hunt? You red it here first! :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Timbo, you are so perceptive! Brendon`s near homonym, Brendan, might be OK. Malky would definitely be great. A Legend. If Lambo is going to hold the club and its fans to ransom then maybe the love affair is over? "It`s not you, it`s me". I wish I did not have to say that. It IS up to him to come clean. He`s not becoming a premature Prima Donna I hope? Hero Worship can be ephemeral, Gorbalschev. Nobody is irreplaceable.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • So, we are agreed, EDP may be published locally, but it's NOT a local paper... or at least, it has yet to prove itself to be as far as NCFC is concerned...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Rumours circulating that Kenny Dalglish has resigned as Liverpool manager.

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    billythebookie2000@yahoo.co.uk

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • richard, judging by the amount of unhindered, often mischievous and destructive trollery from thinly disguised 1p5wich fans that pollutes these boards, I`d say you have a valid point. Remember, Archant also includes the East Anglian Daily Times (Ipswich). You know the usual suspects. There are sneering, cynical people there who love to bait the "masses". We "Keyboard Warriors" etc. Just a game to them. Journalism used to be a Profession! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • How will we mere mortals tell the difference, Swiss?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • PL needs Villa like the World needs Joey Barton. Liverpool, now that`s a different thing. Still owned by Bubblegum Boys from across the big Pond, though. Not always good. Grass, Greener. Devil, know-don`t know etc. Our new England Manager traded Fulham for Liverpool not long ago. Result, Misery (and a fat pay-off). Luckily his fellow Blazerboys @ the FA rescued him, eventually. It was Mike Walker that made that ill-fated move from Carra to Everton yonks ago, wasn`t it? Lambo`s here for a while yet. Funny nobody says much about West Brom.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • I'd like to see the EDP publish a positive article, something more imaginative looking forward with PL to the season ahead, making the assumption PL remain NCFC manager and all the positives that thre are to look forward to. Newspapers focus on the negative far too much. Does the EDP really support Norwich? Well, let them show it. let's see their true colours...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • I think the chances of us getting Brendon Rodgers would be pretty slim I just hope that the city board can persuade Lambert to give us another yeear

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    leslie cater

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • I am done with this. Wake me up when there is some real news ZZZZzzzzzzz......

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Well said Canary Sid!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • I've just been covertly surveying various Cardiff City websites. There's trouble @ the Taffs + bother with the Boyos. Big rift between fans + owners. Mac is in the middle trying to pick up the pieces. If King Paul goes, "Wor Malky" would jump ship quicker than an 1pswich fan after a 1-5 derby drubbing........

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Mel Don't forget Fleming is doing a great job with Suffolk's No 1 team - Lowestoft!!!!!!

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • As much as it pains me to say this, I find it unconceivable that someone like PL who is so driven and has achieved so much in his playing and fledgling managerial career would stop with us just because we want him to. I agree that he could do better than the Villa. Most of them don’t deserve a good manager as they have hounded out all their managers of the last 15 years. The next person there is going to have to walk on water! So if the worst comes to it – make Randy dig very very deep if he comes calling. Find another PL but most importantly – keep the ship on the same course. One manager or one player is not bigger than the club. In the meantime I will have everything crossed that he stays!

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    john doe

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Billy, PL is a grown up. If he wants to go, then he must. His choice only. What we don`t need is press-fuelled pseudo agonising about it. And certainly no blackmail. Only one man can clarify the issue. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Forget the Aston Villa thing----there is no way in a million year's that Lambert has not had a word with Martin O'Neil.------say no more.

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • If BillietheBookie correct then huge managerial merry-go-round going to happen which will involve Liverpool, Wigan, West Brom, Aston Villa, Norwich, maybe Swansea. Spurs may want to bring in Rodgers to block any risk he goes to Liverpool. Chelsea may have a change, of course. All we need now is for Sir Alex to call time! Could soon be half the premier league managers on the move!

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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