What are your thoughts on former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert’s decision to take the Canaries to tribunal for £2m in losses over breach of contract.

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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.

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20 comments

  • I see AVFC lawyers involved here. Presumably the NCFC grounds for compo were pretty solid. Therefore if PL wins his tribunal, then he was unemplyed and thus the NCFC tribunal is up the Swannee or your river of choice.

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    captaincozmik

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Lambo`s time at Carra Rud was a bit like a ***t sandwich; started with rancour from Colchester and finished with rancour all round. The filling was fine; 3 years of marvellous football. Lots of `bread` involved at both ends.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I see AVFC lawyers involved here. Presumably the NCFC grounds for compo were pretty solid. Therefore if PL wins his tribunal, then he was unemplyed and thus the NCFC tribunal is up the Swannee or your river of choice.

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    captaincozmik

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Lambo is building a grandly toxic CV........

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • It seems an old song,,,,old tune of "Doing the Lambeth Walk" is now set to new words reflecting Lamberts departures from all his clubs "Doing the Lambert Walk" It appears cue for A.Villa fans to purchase strings of worry beads and intone together "When?" Mardler

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    mardler

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Does it matter, unless he was prepared to stay at Norwich. He has a great job at AV, probably more money than at Norwich so why take Norwich to the cleaners? He seems like he is doing this just for the money. Very disappointed in this.

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    Duncan Forbes

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • You lot disgust me. Your a disgrace to your club and your chairman is a disgrace to your name. Remember how badly you lot treated Roeder? No, course you don't. You lot need to take a look in the mirror and sort your own house out. Lambert was lied to and let down time after time. I remember a time when Sammy Morgan was academy manager, Boothroyd wanted his own man in charge and he got the boot. Since then your academy team has suffered with no one of note coming through the ranks. Sad really, a once great family team has resorted to petty name calling and chants of "well my teams better than yours...." playground humour. Get a grip, get over it, and grow some.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • The only people who're going to win here are the lawyers. PL looks like a total s**t. Norwich have a hole that's nigh on impossible to fill, however much we like CH as a person. And Villa have a manager they can never trust - however successful they might be with him. On top of that, the league managers have to deal with a person who's a repeat offender and yet they'd probably like to support, because he's young and very talented - so they're damned whatever they decide. PL seems to not appreciate that trust is a two way thing and you can't buy it. Just like in Treasure Island, he now has a black spot that can never be removed. Also, the move from us to them happened far to quickly for trust and fairness to ever have played a part in his or their thoughts. This was not a protracted affair, this was cold and calculated.

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    aeleven

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • I think the board are right to tell the city fans the story,it shows Lambert in a true light and he may be looked upon in a different light by the fans in spite of his achievements at the club

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    leslie cater

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Hi Pa. An earlier attempt to respond to you on another board was, surprisingly, ethered. Doesn`t get any better, does it? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • I will never forget the excellent work he did at Norwich (with his backroom team it should be stressed). He is however a man with no morals as proven by his departures at his previous club. He will probably trat Villa just the same (assuming he's not sacked first!!) Just give it time!

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    Bob Hunt

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • i wouldn't think you will get many printable replys to this story. in fact i will finish now before i say too much.

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    goldeneadie

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Err - any chance of other options? Worried for reputation of club if Directors have got it wrong by releasing this statement! Completely flummoxed by this given my understanding of employment law! Would have preferred to have this sorted before going public - shows a sign of weakness on our side! And before anyone shouts I am not a binner.

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    shefcanary

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Lamb his just a greedy litter man trying to get extra money knowing that he walk out]

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    Woodcock

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • It saddens me that Lambert not only left us but now wants to treat the club like this what a saddo .WELCOME BACK M.B. p.s. what was the other board you said you got ethered on . O.T.B.C.

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    yarco

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Is this to save Villa paying compensation as Captaincozmik suggests or is £ambert looking for revenge for the info sent to his wife concerning his new love life. Either way it does nothing but tarnish the reputation and standing of football and most of the people connected with the game. "Gimme money, gimme money, gimme money. What responsibilities and what does loyalty mean?"

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    waclor

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

  • The artful hand of Athole Still is in evidence. Lambert, I suspect, will emerge as an unprincipled, self-serving, sociopathic opportunist. And very good at it, too. He`ll probably win. Kind to his mum, though. Bless.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • You mean The £ambert walk?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Hello Mad Brewer!.. Are you new to these forums? Or are you an old hand who just gets consistantly Ethered

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, October 5, 2012

  • Not sure what's weak about saying former manager taking us to court? I think there are 2 main possibilities here, 1 We're suing Vilea because of the shoddy way they got him and this is a counter in the hope they can negotiate. Or 2, He genuinely is suing us. In either case I'm not surprised, character coming out.

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, October 5, 2012

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