Poll: Hero or villain? What’s your view on former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert?

As the first reunion approaches, we ask: what do Norwich City fans think of Paul Lambert? As the first reunion approaches, we ask: what do Norwich City fans think of Paul Lambert?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
10:46 AM

Norwich City come face to face this weekend with the man who transformed the club’s fortunes.

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Paul Lambert led the club to successive promotions, dragging City from the depths of League One and into the Premier League. It was an era of stunning success, the like of which City fans have rarely witnessed. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame – but two months later he turned his back on Carrow Road to take over at Aston Villa.

Earlier this month it was revealed that Lambert was suing Norwich for £2m for breach of contract and unfair dismissal.

The departure may have been acrimonious, but his achievements as Canaries manager speak for themselves.

Now, as the first reunion approaches, we ask: what do Norwich City fans think of Paul Lambert?

Is he a hero, or a villain? And why?

Post your comments below or on Twitter by using the hashtag #lambert

At the end of the week we will print the best responses – and provide the answer to the questio

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57 comments

  • Lambert was a good tactician and a good motivator but he lacked integrity. I think the team were demoralised by his departure and Hughton, who DOES have integrity, has yet to repair the damage. On balance I'm glad Hughton has replaced Lambert who never had his heart in the club, who had the charisma of a potted plant and who was largely incomprehensible in his post match interviews. He will follow a long line of gold-diggers who thought they could run before they could walk by joining a so-called "big club". If promising young managers want to cut it in the big time, they should follow the example of Sir Bobby Robson with the team whose name we do not mention. As for Villa, if they don't go down, they certainly wont meet the expectations of their fans this season, and Lambert will get sacked following fellow McLeish into obscurity. And amen to that.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • For loyalty, it is the fans who show this in the majority of the times, players and managers come and go on regular basis; some exceptions such as Adam Drury. On the matter of PL I cannot recall too many Canaries voicing the opinion that he was mercenary on leaving Colchester, but my grey matter maybe letting me down. His achievements, and in his I include his backroom staff, to a great degree have us where we are today and for that he has to be thanked. The circumstances surrounding his departure I feel still, like the River Waveney, has some way to run and for me the jury is out until we have all the facts. So PL I thank you but now we have CH in place and if Saturday is an indication of things to come then I feel it bodes well for this season, it will still be tough but that is Premier League and I am glad we are still in it. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • if it was not for lambert then we would still be sitting in league 1 or at best championship, spent hardly no money and with both promotions he got the club over 70million and out of debt,we are in premiership because of him,so why is he a villain, if someone offered you another job at a bigger company with double pay,would you stay

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    jmm

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Question is too simplistic. He is a heroic villain. An oxymoron specially for canarydownunder!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • The best Norwich manager in my life time (only 19 years old) but after suing the club for wanting to keep hold of him has made me think he doesn't care about anyone but himself. I wouldn't class him as a hero or villain, but it terms of this poll, he is more of a hero for getting 2 promotions and over £70mill than a villain, suing for £2mill.

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    Tom

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Great manager, rubbish man.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Also, if he left for Spurs, Liverpool or Everton we would still class him as 'The Saviour' but going to Villa! A team we finished above last season!! Not even he can turn them around!

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    Tom

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • If it wasn't for Lambert I wouldn't still be on a high from beating Arsenal. Fans are loyal and expect loyalty from managers and players, but in the real world these people are doing a job like most of the people reading this. No one knows what happened at the end of last season behind the closed doors at Carrow Road, the only fact is Lambert is a football genuis who we had the oppourtunity to employ him.

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    Splats mate

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Loyalty is only displayed by the fans who keep turning up inspite of results.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • its been said Great manager and motivator, left in a bad way

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • I would never "moan" about Holty. Quite simply the best centre forward I`ve seen at (for) Norwich in over 50 years. A phenomenon. I see Aston Villa have upped their Integrity Index by appointing a "Community Coach" who once blew the whistle on an Italian match-fixing scam.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • I live in the midlands and know lE.Ben dad who lives in Telford and he is on his way out in Jan to Villa! Done deal. Holt also at risk! Was told to keep this quiet!!

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    Jonwah

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • As Barking says, Lambert was a great tactician and motivator, but a cold fish. But memories are short. I would put him in the top five or six City managers of all time, pride of place going to the inspired quartet who keep us in the top division for 20 years from the early 70s to early 90s: John Bond, Ken Brown, old local boy Dave Stringer and then Mike Walker. I can't remember Lambert ever winning us the League Cup or beating Byern Munich in the Olympic Stadium, or getting us to FA Cup semi finals. Relgated three times during that period but always came straight back up again, some record. Then there was Ron Saunders who was the first manager to take us into the top division, Archie Macaulay who took up to a FA Cup semi final replay when we were in the third division south ... no one remember them? Lambert? Lambert?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Spot on Ghana. Great manager in HIS own way. No loyalty. A very cold character. Canonising him for what he achieved is condoning any means to an end in the pursuit of "Hero" status. Needs to be deleted from the Hall of Fame and be removed to his personal Niché of Infamy. Preferably a deep-freeze!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Sorry remind me again who is this Lambert fella you are all on about....

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    Cannock Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Do we really want to speculate on this? The only guys that know what is going on are not going to comment. PL quote "The LMA are acting on my behalf. They supported me at the time and still are" tells me that we are not hearing the full story, and PL quote "Am I concerned Norwich fans are only hearing one side of the story? In a word, 'yes' " backs that up. Personally I think McNasty has a big part to play in this and PL is protecting his name and reputation. I really hope the truth comes out whatever it is. For me though, he IS a hero, and nothing less. Put very simply, we are premier league. Without PL we would not be where we are now. Let's be grateful. We get to watch the best players in the world (and beat them!). OTBC

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    kexmancanary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Dont forget what we as a club did for his career too. To think he brought all this success to the club all by himself IS fickle. Give no credit to McNasty, Holt (and other players), the fans? i think the fans played a major part in the success we have had so far. And the bouncability. Lambo was great when it lasted, but he was only thinking about number 1, Lambo. And the way he is trying to blame it all on the board being the reason he left and all? Tribunal? And that makes him a villain!

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • What profession would that really be, goldie? Shakespearean actor, specialising in Shylock?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • I think what are People say is that PL kept saying “Great Place Norwich, like the Team, like the supporters and the area” and then does a runner.

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    turnover

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • There is no doubt that PL is a hero who along with others, lifted Norwich into the premier league. His greatest achievement was getting Norwich to keep up last year. But that was last year. This year he is doing less than what he did at Norwich. It was to be expected. AV are a club riven by factions and infighting and he is a manager whose greatest achievement was survival in the Premier League. He may keep them up this year, but wthat is not the stuff of heroes. He is not a villain just yesterday's hero.

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    Indiabill

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Ron Saunders, Mike Walker ...Paul Lambert now there is someone who counts as one of the greatest managers we have ever had, For a man like Paul, city were only ever going to be a stepping stone , when the opportunity to move up to a bigger club came he had to take the chance. Sadly for him he deserved a better club than Villa. He will always be one of Norwich's heros what an achievement we certainly would not be in the Premier now if it had not been for Paul. We should be grateful and wish him well ( but not this saturday!)

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    Wiltshire canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • villain, villain, villain. Did it to Wycombe, did it to Colchester! has now done it to us, and will do it to Aston 'Villains' if he gets the chance before he is sacked! Villain!

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    Ghana Dom

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Neither Hero or Villain - he was an employee of a company in the same way that many other people are. He received a better job offer and took it. To have heroes you need loyalty. there is none in football - and probably never was in the vast majority of cases over the years.

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    Mikey B

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • It`s back???

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • It`s all about tense. He WAS a "hero". He IS a "villain". Simples.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • You can`t put a price on integrity, Tom. I agree with Ghana Dom. Also "insiders" say that Culverhouse was a MASSIVE factor in Lambert`s success. He always seems to take him with him - which seems to be the `norm` these days, a pre-assembled management package. I just want Hoots to carry on the success, and sustain it. Not run for the hills before his luck runs out.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • oh the fickle football fanatic. no amount of disappointment can change the fact he picked up a struggling outfit, helped them smash our pals at 1p5wich, and got us promotion after promotion without bankrupting the club. so he took what he thought was a better offer and left ? that's life. we'll never know what he had to put up with

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    Tim Will

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • He done his job, exceeded our expectations... 2promotions and kept us in the premiership! Job done he's allowed to move on! Same would have gone for Holty! All the goals, 2promotions and kept us in the prem!! How can we possibly moan at either of them? Thankfully Holty stayed though. We'll still be here this time next year!

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    Triivo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Ofcourse he is a hero!! i dont care what he has done or what he is doing to us now, you cant be considered a villain after 2 consecutive promotions and 12th in the premier league!!!!

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    OTBC1992

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Don't get me wrong I'm as disappointed as the next fan about the way Lambert left & the whole suing us issue, but what really matters is the results a manager or player produces on the pitch. On that basis Lambert is more a hero than a villain. All I would ask is this; if we were back in League One again and had the opportunity to employ Lambert as manager again but knowing that he would get us back up to the premier league again & leave after one season under the same cloud, would you take it? I know I would. People are always to quick to forget the lows. Nuff said

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    happycanary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Totally in agreement with you, Ray Clarke.

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Well said, Johnny Gavin Lives!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Lambert was a major part in turning this club from the brink of meltdown to where we are now which is a financially secure club which with a little luck will become a stable middle 3rd premiership club. The manner of his departure was disapointing but there are 2 sides to every story and we will possibly never know the full truth. Still a hero for me.

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    Paul Riches

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • I will not vote as I consider him neither a hero or villian, just a professional football manager hoping to reach the top of his profession.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Hero most definately.

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    foxey

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Lambert gave us three great years and you can't forget those but he couldn't wait to leave so thanks but now.... Like him I don't care. Chris Hughton is now the man to get behind.

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    Mike Grant

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • In his three years as manager, Lambert was a hero; one of the most successful managers we've ever had. Let's not rewrite history just because we didn't like the way it ended! MLS

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    MLS

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • In my opinion Lambert is a hero. To take the club from bottom of league one to 12th in the Premier league in three seasons was an outstanding achievement. I always believed he would walk out at some stage but was surprised it was to join Aston Villa. I have faith in Chris Hughton and the coaching team. They have bought wisely and strengthened the squad. I think the the club is in safe hands. OTBC

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    Andrew NURSEY

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • oh the fickle football fanatic. no amount of disappointment can change the fact he picked up a struggling outfit, helped them smash our pals at 1p5wich, and got us promotion after promotion without bankrupting the club. so he took what he thought was a better offer and left ? that's life. we'll never know what he had to put up with

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    Tim Will

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • A hero that's been vilified, MB? Arguably the one team all canary fans would most like us to beat this season. Bring it on!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • This will cheer you all up, look at the bottom of the chumpionship, its seems Ipswich are the strong team holding all the others up!

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • His departure might leave a bitter taste, and I do think the suing thing is bit of a smokescreen. However he HAS to go down as a hero surely. Without him we might have been winning 1-0 against Rochdale on Saturday rather than against Arsenal. Nothing can take away from the remarkable turnaround that he brought to NCFC. Have any of you ever had a BETTER period in the clubs recent past?

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Personally we have to look beyond what happened at the end let us surmise that Norwich hit a really bad run the club would probably do what most clubs do look for a new manager and would have got rid of him so in my opinion the nature of the game there is no loyalty in football. Now lets look back at what PL done for us there really is probably not another City manager who has achieved the same perhaps apart from Mike Walker but in my opinion PL is currently the best manager this club has ever had and for that he deserves a good reception from City supporters on Saturday. Let's hope that CH can push on after the win against the Gooners and go someway towards achieving what PL did at City. So Mr. Lambert if you are reading this I thank you for all that you did at our wonderful club and wish you every success in football apart from when you play City.

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    Ray Clarke

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • As my London-Irish grandfather used to say, "What's an hero? That's a man what's done somethink. My old man done somethink and he got three months, does that make him an hero?"

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Hi, Lobbo. Little Benno`s doing better on the field now but apparently he`s s***e in training! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Whatever people think is irrelevant. Paul Lambert was the most successful Norwich City manager ever. The man is ambitious - time will tell if he left too soon. Personally I believe that ambition got the better of him. Had he stayed one more season and succeeded as he did in the first three then I think he would have been able to make a BIG top five club. He missed out on Liverpool & Spurs and took Villa - in my opinion probably a bad career move - but time will tell..... OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • the fact is he was a hero for three seasons and left before that status could be jeopardised by failure this season. i,m sure he expected to finish substantially lower this season and he left to avoid a downward lurch in his career profile.

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    goldeneadie

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Was a hero, now a villain, it doesn't take much to change things.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • If it wasn't for Lambert I wouldn't still be on a high from beating Arsenal. Fans are loyal and expect loyalty from managers and players, but in the real world these people are doing a job like most of the people reading this. No one knows what happened at the end of last season behind the closed doors at Carrow Road, the only fact is Lambert is a football genuis who we had the oppourtunity to employ him.

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    Splats mate

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Poll now closed?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Lambert is a hero and like all football managers also ambitious. I think he went too soon and to the wrong club but they are different issues.

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    NorthStarRaven

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • Walked out on Wycombe, walked out on Colchester, walked out on Norwich and will walk out on Villa eventually. He was a hero but now a villain in more ways than one.

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    Canaryfan 25

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • The bloke gets the lions share of the credit for the club now being in the Premier League instead of League One. He's at another club now, but what he did shouldn't be disregarded over some squabbling at the end. In the meantime, the man who replaced him is working out well, so all good.

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    Adam Penny

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • For real loyalty you need someone like Paul Jewell. [This post will probably self-destruct in about 2 hours time]

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Dissapointed to see him leave as most fans were,i still dont think weve heard all the story,but no man is bigger than City.The king is dead long live the king.

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    osm yellow

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • In the words of the recent pop song about a jilted lover "he's just somebody that we used to know" Hero or zero it doesn't matter now - it's history OTBC

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    Captain

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • lol peeps are funny. I wonder what the odds are on Lambo leaving A Vanilla by March, unless they are comfortable in mid table I cannot see him staying to fight out the last few weeks of a relegation battle. But as to the poll he has to be Hero for me.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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