He has Henri Lansbury back in the pack till the end of the season; that young man now has a clear run of games in which to make his mark. That he will play is clear; that’s why Arsene Wenger lets his boys out in the first place – on the basis that they will get games.
It was not the sort of triumph that leads to an open-topped bus parade, but perhaps it should have been recognised by some sort of celebration, because at this year’s AGM chairman lan Bowkett admitted that, without that rescheduling: “We would not be standing here today…”
The first sign that something might be afoot came the weekend before. I was listening to 6-0-6 (a rare event these days, and likely to become even rarer if Robbie Savage is a regular on there) when a Burnley fan came on and said he’d heard Lambert had resigned…
As City boss Paul Lambert tonight waved his magic transfer wand and – subject to the paperwork being complete – added Colchester United left-back Marc Tierney to his promotion pot this evening, so it was high time for the Stanleys to sit back and chew…
Our Scot has more tricks than Paul Daniels. In three decades of watching the best teams all over the world, I had never seen any coach use five different formations during one game until Lambert did it against Sheffield United…
“It’s a great place to be playing your football,” the 27-year-old former St Mirren star told the official site this evening. “I’ve loved it since day one that I’ve been here…’
Fresh from the battle, however, and the manner in which Lambert talked about the need to ‘protect’ his big players for whatever the rest of this season had to offer was the talk of a man that knew his launch platform was in place.
Quite simply Holt is a Norwich legend, which is quite something after little more than 60 games for the club. His goal scoring exploits alone would be enough to clinch this status, but there’s a swagger and a touch of mischief about the man that warms the cockles of the most frozen of Canary hearts.
“I have liked the look of him every time I saw him play – and he scored against us last season,” the City chief told the club’s official website. “He will play alongside our other strikers here and I’m sure he will be able to pass on his experience to them as well.”
On balance there have been few more enjoyable times to be part of the Yellow Army. We can only hope that it all lasts, and for this to happen we have to hold onto the architect of our resurrection, a man whose actions speak infinitely louder than his words… step forward Paul Lambert.
Equally telling was the sharpness he demonstrated within that six-yard box; he is clearly alert in both mind and limb as the business end of the season looms ever larger on the Canary radar.
I remember having a frank exchange of views with then boss Gary Megson as to which way the Evening News’ wind was blowing as to his chances of surviving a summer of change board-room wise. Suffice to say, it was the Evening News wot won it as Mike Walker returned for his second spell at the helm.
Deck the stands with boughs of holly, Four-four-four-four-four, four-four-four-one, Ipswich fans are melancholy, Four-four-four-four-four, four-four-four-one. Those in yellow/green apparel, Four-four-four, four-four-four, four-four-one, Bent their players o’er a barrel, Four-four-four-four-four, four-four-four-one… I had thought about filling this entire column with festive ditties basking in our derby win. But it’s now a week and a half […]
What’s interesting about this current set-up is that it is short on big ‘names’; if you asked a dozen Canary supporters to say who is the ‘star’ of this current team and you might get half-a-dozen answers.
The team spirit the pugnacious Scot has fostered and his tactical awareness have made it a joy to watch our team. In particular, his fondness for the use of attack-minded players in bold substitutions has cheered the soul and harvested the points.
So whilst the boy has yet to kick a ball in anger, you can’t help but feel that the arrival of Arsenal youngster Henri Lansbury might just burnish Lambert’s managerial reputation that much more.
There is little doubt as to what stock, football phrase will do the rounds over the next ten days. And with good reason, in fairness. ‘When it comes to derby games, the form book goes out of the window…’ is one of those that I must have written countless of times down the years. And, […]
What marks him out is what Ward remarked upon; the way that he is jack of all trades – maybe not master of any one in particular, but very good at the three in question…. ie breaking it up, passing the ball and scoring goals.
Admittedly, the general level of unhappiness within football is exaggerated by the way the word ‘disappointed’ is used by people within the game to soften their opinions and escape censure from the authorities – a bit like the use of ‘allegedly’ on Have I Got News For You to cover legally contentious statements.
Like ‘Twitter’, that very word can send the shiver up the spine of the traditionalist. Norwich City Football Club is a football club, not a brand. Delia Smith is a chef, not a brand. The list can go on and on…