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.

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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.’’

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17 comments

  • What PL doesnt realise is that even though Norwich may have breached the contract in regards to letting him speak to a "bigger" club if they approach him, his breach is considered larger and its also a breach he has repeated twice before so he will be considered a repeat offender of serious breaches. Maybe he's right, there is more than we know, but from what I can see so far, he would be best advised to drop his case.

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    Piranha24

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • NCFC seriously need a PR manager for the media, but also someone who can manage communication in general. The Holt issue was a debacle, now we see what appear half disclosures which are also unhelpful. Still, at least it wasn't announced on a tube train!!!

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • How so very kind of you both, blackdog & Timbo! I breathe on. Algarve, I seem to remember that O`Neill also departed Aston Villa somewhat abruptly, though you may know a young journo who knows differently, know what I mean? Of course, that may be an untenable position. Lambo`s legacy could well be that his toxicity outweighed his talent. Sad. Let`s all give Hoots the chance to re-boot things.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Isn't this site so juvenile! I put a comment on here to welcome Brew back and enquired of his well being and as sure as eggs are eggs, IT WAS ETHERED! How dafter can Archant get?

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    blackdog2

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • My understanding is that O'Neil went to Leicester because a breakdown in relations with the then chairman, made staying untennable....that may, or maynot be the case.

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Who would win in a fight between £ambert and McNally? I know where I'd put my money!

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • So come on Mr. McNally, lets have the whole truth. Is £ambert confused or is it Mr. Bowkett?

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    MartinL

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • O`Neill is Lambo`s "gaffer", after all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Welcome back Brewer ! Lambert has gone from hero to zero. The fact that he has the backing of what is effectively his trade union, means nothing. He pays his subs, they back him. I'm not interested in his bleatings. At the end of the day he wanted out + he went. End of. Hope you "love" Randy Learner Lambert. You're stuck with him now !

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    Timbo

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Shefcanary - It's a genius bit of PR by NCFC to take the pressure off the team. What have the fans talked about all day? Exactly. Our chairman could be sued for slander if he lied and if you read Lamberts comments he hasn't denied trying to sue Norwich! Of course were suing him he walked out on his contract! What's the other side of the story? That we wouldn't give him 20 m to spend?! Well he got that @ Villa didn't he?! Hmmm he gets what he deserves!

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    Benji Dubai

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • It looks to me that Paul Lambert's case at many ETs would be thrown out ashe is a vexatious litigant so he'd be better off saving his £160.It is clearly "tit-for-tat". "Rolling" contracts,more like a loaded dice.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • 'Tis as I feared. Last night was a nonsense, it really should have been kept in private until sorted. Now it will really stir Lambert up - October 27 is going to be a real battle now. I'm beginning to lose my patience with the board. Keep the focus on the pitch!

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    shefcanary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • My understanding is that O'Neil went to Leicester because a breakdown in relations with the then chairman, made staying untennable....that may, or maynot be the case.

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • such a shame to see a successful era for the club end up in this way. We have a history with managers who walk. remember o'neil going to leicester?

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    lordyfan

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Sounds like another PR disaster. I guess all will come out in the wash. Probably no-one is going to come out of this covered in glory.

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Interesting. I would say Piranha24 is right (I hope). Surely the basic point is, Lambert wanted to leave, we didn't.. he got his wish.. we didn't. So where are the damages to him? What court would rule that he's the one who's come off worst from that event?

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    MancCanary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Comment ethered. Nothing`s changed while I`ve been indisposed!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

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