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City boss going nowhere, says chairman

PUBLISHED: 20:14 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:49 06 July 2010

Chris Lakey

Norwich City say they have had no approach for manager Paul Lambert after bookies slashed the odds of him taking over at Premier League Burnley.

Lambert's name was a surprise inclusion in the betting stakes - and will come as a shock to City fans who have seen him take the club into the second automatic promotion place in League One after taking over from Bryan Gunn in August.

Norwich City say they have had no approach for manager Paul Lambert after bookies slashed the odds of him taking over at Premier League Burnley.

Lambert's name was a surprise inclusion in the betting stakes - and will come as a shock to City fans who have seen him take the club into the second automatic promotion place in League One after taking over from Bryan Gunn in August.

His odds have been slashed to 7-2 favourite by Ladbrokes to succeed Owen Coyle, while Sky Bet have him at 15-8. The other main player is former Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws.

“He's staying with us and we have every confidence if Paul were approached and offered the position he would wish to stay with us,” said City chairman Alan Bowkett.

“And to be perfectly brutal, it is probable that we will be in the Championship next year and it is probable that Burnley will be in the Championship next year and I think Paul would prefer to work for the Norwich fans than the Burnley fans.”

Director Michael Foulger, on a club web chat on Thursday, played down the speculation.

“Once again we have had no approach for Paul,” he said. “I'm really impressed by his commitment to Norwich City and the way he goes about his business and I want him to be the manager to take this club forward.”

Laws was a 20-1 shot on Wednesday, but a flood of money saw his price crash while former Norwich midfielder Mike Phelan, assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, has drifted.

Full story - See Friday's Eastern Daily Press

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