It's time to push on, says Dublin

Dion Dublin has warned his old team that 'doing a Leicester' next season is easier said than done - but they have the right man in charge to make it a possibility.

Dion Dublin has warned his old team that 'doing a Leicester' next season is easier said than done - but they have the right man in charge to make it a possibility.

The Foxes' historic drop out of English football's top two tiers in 2008 was followed by the League One title 12 months ago, before a push into this season's Championship play-offs. And with the Canaries tracing a similar journey, fans will be hoping Norwich's Championship return next season will be just as successful.

However Dublin, who spent two seasons at Carrow Road, said: "We all know how hard the Championship is. Having played in it for a few years, for Norwich to do what Leicester have done or any other club that has done it, it's going to be a hell of a feat.

"But if there is a manager who knows how to do it and will take the right steps to do it, it's Mr Lambert.


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"If the manager is as serious as he was this season about next season, I think he'll be bringing more players in, doing things just as stringently as he has this year. He wants success, he doesn't want to stop at League One. That's not enough for him and it won't be enough for the players either. They'll want to kick on from there, if I know some of them that are still there, they'll be determined to get back to the big time."

Dublin believes former team-mates Gary Doherty and Darel Russell - both out of contract at Carrow Road this summer - will "make their own decisions" on whether they stay at City. But despite this season's success, Dublin feels Lambert will have to make several changes to his squad if it is to compete at the top end of the Championship.

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He said: "If you're going to strengthen you need to do it all over the park. They've scored a lot of goals this year, so why not get more?

"I'm sure Paul Lambert will bring in one of each department, and he'll find the weakest position and double up there. He knows what needs doing, he'll know who to buy. He'll have looked at those players already."

Dublin is glad Norwich are back - but expects everyone at Carrow Road to realise the Canaries are still playing catch-up.

"In a way it's made up for last year - it's always nice to achieve something," said Dublin. "It's just that the achievement should be expected by everybody, including the players, fans, staff. With all due respect they are too big a club - and the manager is too good, the staff are too good - to be stuck in a division where they shouldn't be really. It's step one out of the way, but the club still isn't where it should be."

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