Stalwarts | Paul Lambert and Grant Holt have, more than any other figures, been synonymous with Norwich City’s mercurial rise from League One to the Premier League. Both will be sorely missed. (Image | EDP)
“It’s over, you don’t need to tell me.”
Norwich City Football Club look almost certain to lose manager Paul Lambert, the man who took the Canaries from bedraggled League One also-rans into genuine contenders in the Premier League. Further to this. With Aston Villa expecting to name Lambert as their new permanent boss on Wednesday, it has been rumoured that the Scotsman will make Grant Holt his first signing, for a fee in the region of £3m.
This is the nightmare scenario for City: while it is understandable that Lambert, who is fiercely ambitious and has worked wonders in the space of three years at Carrow Road, would want to move on one day, the timing is painful for the Yellows. Having acquitted themselves tremendously in the top flight, and not once looked out of place against more illustrious and financially potent competitors, the club is set to lose its heartbeat, the core of a tight-knit group of players and coaches.