Norwich City boss Paul Lambert deflects questions on his own future after a winning Premier League finale
Norwich boss Paul Lambert refused to be drawn on his own future after masterminding a 12th-placed Premier League finish for the Canaries following today's 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Lambert has recently been touted as a possible replacement for the under-pressure Alex McLeish and the City boss was lauded by sections of the away support during the Carrow Road finale.
The Norwich chief preferred to dwell on the efforts of his own players after Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson struck in the first half to seal a merited win. Lambert, however, remained non-committal when asked in his post-match press conference if he would still be with Norwich at the start of next season.
'It is a hard one to answer that because I have a contract here and everyone is doing great in their respective jobs,' he said. 'I will get this season out of the road and then I will see what happens and think about what is going on and the achievements we have done and then we will see. Aston Villa is not my team. Norwich is and the Norwich fans singing is greatly appreciated. I understand what is happening at Aston Villa and I can see what is happening with the crowd and the manager which is never nice. But that is out of my control - my control is Norwich and the Norwich fans have been brilliant for me.
'It was a fantastic performance and it was a fitting way to end an incredible season. The task was to stay in the league - everyone was tipping Norwich to go down. I would like to thank the players for all their efforts. The fans are a huge part of this club and I would like to thank them for everything they have given me.'
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Villa Park boss McLeish was disppointed to end the campaign on such a sour note.
'That was an unacceptable performance in Aston Villa colours and I have to change that, and there will be change,' he said. 'I cannot accept that because I have been used to winning trophies all of my career as a player and a manager. I might not have had the riches to spend of other managers, but believe I can turn Aston Villa around by adding quality and players who are going to work their socks off. I am not a quitter.'
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