June 20 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 5, 2012
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits to being “disappointed” at comments made about him by Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett over his departure from Carrow Road this summer.
Bowkett told a Norwich supporters’ tribunal last night that Lambert was now taking the Canaries to tribunal and seeking £2million compensation for breach of contract and unfair dismissal.
But Lambert today revealed that he is also being sued by Norwich and retains the full backing of the League Managers’ Association.
Bowkett said: “The manner of Paul Lambert’s departure was no surprise because he has walked out on every club he has managed.
“You can’t complain because you know what you are getting, but I felt he could have left in a more dignified manner.’’
A Premier League managers’ tribunal is due to decide on the matter and Lambert is disappointed Bowkett has decided to bring the issue into the public domain.
Lambert hit back and said today: “I’m extremely disappointed that senior officials at Norwich have made comments in relation to myself.
“I’ll let him (Bowkett) say what he has got to say and we’ll see what happens.
“It will go before the Premier League managers’ tribunal. The LMA are acting on my behalf. They supported me at the time and still are.
“What Norwich haven’t made public is that they are suing me.
“It is disrespectful and wrong to that tribunal for me to comment anymore. That’s the way I’m going to leave it.
“My main concern is Aston Villa.’
“I don’t know when it is going to happen. I’m too busy trying to win games to worry.’’
Lambert added: “Am I concerned Norwich fans are only hearing one side of the story? In a word, yes.’’
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong is predicting good times ahead with the Canaries in the Premier League, after finally breaking his own personal spiral of career lows.