by Thomas Rooney
So, we have ourselves a new manager. We have decided to steal Paul Lambert from League One rivals Colchester United. The same man that guided his team to a 7-1 win at Carrow Road just ten days ago. Imagine someone saying this was going to happen back then?
The fact that Bryan Gunn was sacked after one league game was a big enough shock, so for us to appoint the man who defeated him in that one game is even more extraordinary. I’m guessing Lambert won’t be on Gunn’s Christmas card list this year!
Anyway, let’s get away from the circumstances of which he has been appointed and concentrate on the man himself. Is Lambert a good appointment? Can he help us achieve promotion back to the Championship?
Well, we can’t answer this at the moment really. That’s why I couldn’t listen to Radio Norfolk earlier. Clueless fans calling for his head already. What has he ever won? Why is he so different to Gunn? These were just some of the very insightful questions.
To answer them quickly – he has won the Champions League as a player. He has managerial experience. There we go. Two reasons that he will be a better manager than Gunn ever was.
Personally, I think he seems like a very safe bet as a solid appointment. Lambert talks a good game and has done well at Colchester and Wycombe. He is clearly a manager on the up. Isn’t that something we have wanted for ages? I suppose this is the moaning person’s ‘cheap option’ is it?
The truth is that we could find negatives in any appointment we made. It could have been a ‘has-been’ like Paul Jewell or Gordon Strachan or an ‘unproven manager’ like Mark Robins. Nobody was going to be completely happy.
Regardless though, we should all get behind Lambert to give him the best chance of being successful. We can make a proper judgement after a few games. To make sure these are a good few games, we need to be positive about everything. How are things going to improve if it is all doom and gloom already?
We have to back Lambert from the word go. I know we have all been here before (with Grant, Roeder and Gunn) but the same rule applies. The club needs us more than ever.
Three points tonight against Brentford, another three in Lambert’s first game against Wycombe and we are in business.