Monday, 30 April 2012

Lambert to Villa Park? Sholdn't he Wait for the Kop?

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert has remarked at the speculations linking him a summer move to Aston Villa as 'extremely unfair'. 

The pressure is increasing on Villa boss Alex McLeish as the Midlands club struggle to stay clear of the relegation dogfight, having been beaten 2-1 at home draw by Bolton in midweek.

By contrast, Lambert has steered the Canaries up into 13th place, with their top-flight status all but secured for another season, some 10 points clear of danger even after the loss to Liverpool last night.

The former Celtic midfielder, 42, accepts transfer rumours about players and even managers is all part and parcel of the game, but insists reports suggesting he was being lined up by Villa owner Randy Lerner already are uncalled for.

He said and I quote, 'Speculation about players is something you can never do anything about. It happens with managers as well and you can never stop that,'

'If my players get linked with other teams, there is not a thing I can do about that. It is the same situation about myself.

'However, it is extremely unfair with me being linked with Aston Villa when they have got a really good manager up there who is doing everything he can to stay in the league.

'It is an unfair comment for me to say anything on that.'

Lambert also talked about Liverpool who may not be challenging for the championship, but have already brought the Carling Cup back to Anfield and next weekend have another Wembley date as they aim to beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup.

Seven defeats in 10 Premier League games - including a 1-0 home reverse to West Brom before the Norwich- have left the Reds well off the pace in the race for a top-four finish and that brings us to the question, Should Lambert wait and watch? Because a call from the Kop is a distinct possibility.

Liverpool are still a formidable team, and Anfield is still full of optimism. There are stars there but if there's one man who could maybe get the most of a rather tepid and scattered midfield it could be Lambert. Liverpool have made some disastrous moves in the transfer market and they need a new start. Two cup finals, yes, but anyone travelling to Anfield at the moment, will fancy their chances. Afterall, Liverpool are a bigger club than Villa, and with a little tinkering and some hope, they could be challenging for Europe, where Lambert as a player won at the highest level. Without a doubt he would fancy doing the same as a manager.

Indeed it will be a tough call for Lambert, I hope he chooses the right team, or rather the right team chooses him; one that in the season to come we will remember with warmth and joy rather than grief. 

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