But that said, you can still hazard a guess as to what to expect – if only from the simple fact that he is 5ft 5in tall. That simple stat stood out like a sore thumb when you rifle through the Soccerbase pages on Norwich’s latest ‘emergency’ loan recruit.
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“I want to learn as much as I can from [Lambert] because everyone knows what a world-class player he was and how good he is as a manager now,” revealed Crofts. “He’s an out and out winner, that rubs off on everyone and it’s been a pleasure playing for him.”
She views my unbroken run of matches between 1991 and 2002 as my barren wilderness years, when I supposedly cut a sorry figure wandering the country from ground to ground like a poor lost soul, carrier bag in hand to stop my match programme from going soggy.
“Pacheco is a good kid to work with and he’s always got a smile on his face,” McMahon told Liverpool TV at the time. “He wants to work hard and do well for this club. He listens and he has an infectious enthusiasm around the place.”
“I hear that stuff that we haven’t got any big name players, but I tell you what they are starting to make names for themselves,” said the former Scottish international midfielder. “And – for me – they are big names. And so they have earned the right to shrug off that tag of being ‘Only League One players…’
“This is a difficult place to come,” Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk. “A lot of those Hull lads played in the Premiership and Nigel [Pearson] has bought very well. But again I thought we were very resolute and I was absolutely delighted with the lads.”
“The belief is still there in the dressing room, of course it is,” he said. “But this is a massive game against Swansea. The picture can change massively if we go down to Swansea and win.”
“You’ve got to go for [the league leaders],” Lambert told Sky Sports. “They are the team everybody has got to try and catch at the minute and a brilliant team they are…”
“The key is good players, it’s not rocket science. Good players who want to win games and if we can do that and keep the stadium rocking then we’re in with a chance.”
“But, at the end of the day, we’re still in a good position – but we didn’t play well today. There’s no getting away from that fact. It looked a nervous performance. We just weren’t as fluent as we can be – and you can put it down to that [being nervy]. But you’ve got to get rid of that.”
“They’re grinding away and can I remind the Forest fans that with nine games to go a lot can happen. And I still believe that nothing will happen here until the last two or three games,” said Davies. “So a word of caution. There’s many big games ahead and the more they get behind this young team, the more support they get, the more reward they will get.”
Most people would be astonished if they knew of some of the ‘fault lines’ that existed within some of the more famous Canary dressing rooms of the past; who never spoke to whom; who bore a grudge; who would never be seen dead in so-and-so’s company.
I thought City’s display at Barnsley was a new high-point, because the team put in the hard yards to make their dominance total. But that marvellous manifestation of Lambert’s ethos was eclipsed by the splendour of what occurred at the Walkers.
“I thought he was unplayable out there tonight – I didn’t think Leicester could get near him,” Lambert told the official site. “And he got a goal as well which is really pleasing because he’s been brilliant for us over the course of the season and he really deserves it.”
“The response from our supporters has been superb. Our pledge to them is that every spare penny generated by season ticket sales everywhere in the ground goes straight into Paul Lambert’s playing budget.”
“It’ll be like that on Tuesday night. You’ll come off the pitch thinking: ‘God, how did that result happen? And how did that one happen?’ So nothing really surprises me; who plays against eachother and what the results are – and they’re coming thick and fast. That’s football.
“It doesn’t matter how you hit them – whether you chip them or not. If they don’t go in, then it’s an opportunity missed. They look great when they come off, but when they don’t they are always going to get criticised for it. But I won’t – he’s been excellent for me.”
“They are a good side, their manager has done a great job, and I know their assistant Ian Culverhouse very well – he was a player under me at Brighton,” said Horton. “But it’s not about them, it’s about what we do. We have to keep believing things will turn round.”
It is to Norwich obvious fortune that they snapped up the services of Paul Lambert; a man whose managerial wit and wisdom has – in every likelihood – fired the enthusiasm of the Canaries’ three, principal shareholders into new and vibrant life after the depths of The Valley some 21, long months ago.