In the season of 2008-2009 Norwich City were relegated from the championship to league one, after neither Glenn Roeder nor Bryan Gunn could do enough to keep them up, Bryan Gunn was sacked shortly after the 7-1 defeat to Colchester on the first day of the 2009 season.
Lo and behold the man to succeed Bryan Gunn was the very man who inflicted that defeat, Paul Lambert. Paul Hadn’t done much really in a managerial sense before arriving at Carrow Road, A poor start at Livingston, a great cup run with Wycombe but with a very average mid table finish and there was a similar outcome at Colchester.
I think it’s needless to say I didn’t have very high hopes of Paul achieving much at the club, Okay so I would of expected promotion back to the championship, but winning league one in the manner that they did I thought was impressive.
But promotion to the championship was just the start of what Paul was doing at Norwich City, I’ve always looked at Norwich as a comfortable championship side who would gain promotion to the premier league every three or four years and come back down again. I never expected a second successive automatic promotion, especially as everybody knows how difficult it is to get out of the championship, Paul was clearly not fluking his way through the leagues and is proving he has a lot to offer in management.
Now just three years since being relegated from the Championship, they are now in real contention for a Europa league spot, currently sitting in 8th in the premier league, Norwich have not had any real stand-out wins, but what they have done is worked tirelessly and ground out some good results to get them in the position they are currently in.
My question is, do Paul Lambert’s side have what it takes to stay in contention for a Europa spot in what always proves to be the toughest part of the season, I certainly hope so.
I think Paul’s story is very much overlooked and I’d like to see him get the credit he so rightly deserves, with Manchester Utd the visitors at Carrow road tomorrow afternoon, Should Norwich pick up the 3 points I think it would give them a huge amount of confidence going into a tricky run of fixtures where confidence and team morale could be vital in staking a claim for a finish in the top 6.
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