Mike Williamson played under Norwich manager Lambert at former club Wycombe Wanderers from 2006 through 2008, when Paul was manager there.
Mike Williamson – unable to stop Robin van Persie last Monday night
And Mike seems not surprised with the fantastic success Paul Lambert has enjoyed with Norwich City.
The Scot has taken them to promotion from League One and the Championship in successive seasons, and he now now has the Canaries in 12th place in the Premier League.
Mike talked about what it was like to work under Paul Lambert:
“I’ve worked under Paul Lambert before and he’s very organised and very motivational,” “He’ll look for an honest group of players who give him everything.”
“I thought they’d stay up this season, I didn’t have any doubts about that. They’ve shown what they’re about and they’ve got goals in the team as well.” “He’s got that drive and as a player, he had a lot of success.”
“He’s taken that into management. I always thought he’d be a success. They’ve been fantastic.”
Lambert won many honors as a player, winning the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren as a 17-year-old, and the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund, when they beat Juventus 3-1 and Paul, who played in defensive midfield, was the Man of the Match.
He also played for Motherwell, Celtic and Livingston in his playing career and represented Scotland 40 times.
Paul Lambert – successful Norwich City manager
The 42 year-old started his management career at Livingston as player manager in 2005, and he has since managed Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United and now Norwich City in his still short management career.
At Norwich City he has a management record of 132 games played, 67 won, 32 drawn and 33 lost, for a win percentage of 50.8% and a loss percentage of only 25%.
Mike Williamson continued:
“That’s what they’re all about – they’ve got a physical presence up front,” “It’s a formula that’s worked for them this season. It’s going to be difficult and we’ve got to make sure we all win our personal battles.”
“Me and Colo have played a lot together over the past few seasons,” “It’s just a case of getting back on track and grinding out a clean sheet.”
“Everyone was devastated to lose in the 94th minute. We worked hard as a team and tried to limit their chances.” “At times they seemed unstoppable. We felt we’d grinded it out and deserved a point.”
But it’s time to forget about the defeat at Arsenal on Monday night, and after all – tomorrow is another day – and one during which Newcastle fans can be celebrating the team’s 13th win of the season.
That would be great.
Howay The Lads!!