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Canaries compensation row may go to tribunal

PUBLISHED: 23:49 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:31 06 July 2010

Colchester United are still intent on pushing for compensation after losing manager Paul Lambert to Norwich City nearly eight weeks ago.

The two clubs have been trying to agree a figure to settle their differences but with the Us and City no closer, the saga looks set to end with a tribunal.

Colchester United are still intent on pushing for compensation after losing manager Paul Lambert to Norwich City nearly eight weeks ago.

The two clubs have been trying to agree a figure to settle their differences but with the Us and City no closer, the saga looks set to end with a tribunal.

And although Lambert's replacement in Essex, Aidy Boothroyd, has kept United's impressive early season form going, United are determined to dig in for the long haul and get the money they feel entitled to following the Scot's defection.

Norwich chief executive David McNally last night refused to comment on the current situation, but Colchester chairman Robbie Cowling said: “We can't agree at the moment and it's looking like it will go to a tribunal. It's a matter that is out of our hands.

“I don't think it will happen quickly and there will be no knee-jerk reactions from us. It is not a matter that can be rushed and I will do whatever is best for Colchester United - whether it takes a long time or not.”

The issue looks set to be decided by an independent body, after Lambert quit Colchester on August 18 - just a week after overseeing City's 7-1 humiliation to United at Carrow Road.

Having originally turned down a request for Norwich to “appoint” Lambert without any interview, Cowling eventually allowed the Scot to be interviewed for the Norwich job after Lambert admitted he was finding it difficult to focus on his role at the Us - but only providing there was no offer of employment from Norwich or any breach of Lambert's Colchester contract until compensation was agreed.

Cowling revealed soon after Lambert's departure the two clubs were six figures apart in their compensation negotiations.

Lambert was followed to Carrow Road by several of his back room staff.

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