Claridge backing Lambert to remain at Norwich

Football pundit Steve Claridge believes Norwich City fans can stop worrying about losing manager Paul Lambert. The City boss has been linked with a summer move to Celtic, who sacked Tony Mowbray last week and put Neil Lennon in charge until the end of the season.

Football pundit Steve Claridge believes Norwich City fans can stop worrying about losing manager Paul Lambert.

The City boss has been linked with a summer move to Celtic, who sacked Tony Mowbray last week and put Neil Lennon in charge until the end of the season.

Lambert was also strongly linked with the vacancy at Premier League Burnley when Owen Coyle left Turf Moor for Bolton in January.

However, Claridge - writing in his BBC blog - believes Lambert isn't in the mood to leave Carrow Road for a while.

'I think he'll stay with Norwich for quite a few seasons,' he said.

'Norwich are a good football club with very loyal fans and good infrastructure.

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'There won't be many bigger than them in the Championship. Not many clubs get 25,000 for home games. So I expect they'll hit the ground running when they do return to the second tier - which looks very likely now.

'Paul's success hasn't surprised me. They had the players, and it was just a case of managing them properly.

'I thought it was a good time for him to go there. Previous managers like Glenn Roeder, Peter Grant and, to a point, Bryan Gunn, didn't do very well.'