Paul Lambert, Norwich manager

Lambert has led Norwich in back-to-back promotions from League One to Premier League. Some interesting comments:

“I can’t speak highly enough about the way they go about their business in Germany. “When I moved to Borussia Dortmund, it was a complete eye-opener. I would watch the way they prepared for games, the attitude of the players, the discipline displayed at all times and the mentality and it was completely different to anything I had ever known. I don’t mean this to sound disrespectful to British players but in Germany footballers treat their profession as a job – it isn’t a hobby. They are there to work, learn and carry out orders and often they don’t get a day off.”

“I think you just try and make people feel good about themselves, get them to run about for you. I think that’s when people do well, and you can’t ask for any more. If you can get in someone’s head and get them to do that for you, go that extra yard for you, then for any manager that’s great.”

Lambert is not a man who suffers fools. A stupid or unwanted question is met with an icy stare. His answers are intelligent but economical, as though he has better things to do with his time, but there is a dry humour to them as well. I imagine he would make very good company, provided you stayed on the right side of him. “He has got both authority and respect,” said Martin, “But he also knows when to have a laugh and a joke and there is a very human side to him. You can approach him about anything but at the same time we all know where the line is.”


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