Have you ever noticed how before a game, the opposing manager always says how good the opposition is?
Paul Lambert – excellent up and coming manager
That’s in case his team is beaten, and then he can say well, they were really good, I said that even before the game.
But on the other hand, if they win he can go back and say how much better they really are, so it makes his team look that much better.
Excuse my cynicism today.
That seems to have happened against Norwich, and their 42 year-old manager, Glaswegian Paul Lambert (what – another one), who seems destined for the top ( a future Newcastle manager perhaps?), has come out and said how good Newcastle are:
“They’re a really good side and you can see why they’ve been doing really well in the league. They’re a threat up front.”
“They’re a handful, the Newcastle lads, because they’re big, quick and strong. You don’t get time to breathe.”
“You can see why they’re seventh because they’re a good side. It’s a big club with a big fan-base and you expect them to do well.”
Norwich beat us 4-2 and they looked a very decent side on Saturday, and it seems they should have little trouble in staying in the Premier League.
Paul will want to strengthen his squad in the summer, and we wouldn’t be too surprised if Norwich become a very good side within a season or two, maybe along the lines of how Stoke stayed in the Premier League under Welshman Tony Pulis, after being promoted in 2008.
Both clubs enjoy great support from their fans.
And don’t forget that Paul got them promoted in each of the last two seasons, his first two seasons at the club.
But the question has to be if Lambert continues to bring success to Norwich City, how much longer will it be before a bigger club comes around and tempts him with a big money offer?
Paul was an excellent player in his time and won the European Cup with Borussia Dortmund back in 1997, and it looks like he could become an even better manager.