Norwich City still obssessed with me, says Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert today urged Norwich City to end their “obsession” with him as he tried to play down his return to Carrow Road tomorrow night.

Paul Lambert

The claret and blues will travel to East Anglia for a Capital One Cup quarter-final tie against Norwich but all the focus is likely to be on Lambert following his acrimonious exit from the Canaries last summer.

Lambert and Norwich are still involved in a legal dispute over his departure, with both parties having claimed breach of contract and the case will be heard at a tribunal next month.

The Scot was largely ignored by Norwich supporters when they drew 1-1 at Villa Park in the Premier League at the end of October, but a tense atmosphere is expected tomorrow evening.

“I hope they concentrate on (current Norwich boss) Chris (Hughton) because, if not, the obsession keeps on continuing with myself. It’s his club, it’s his team now,” said Lambert.

“People will make more of it than I actually will. I’ll just get on with it.

“It’s another game for me. You would like to think that the sensible ones would maybe think ‘you done all right’.

“But I know I might get stick. With the things that are going on people probably don’t know exactly what has happened.”

Meanwhile, Darren Bent was today backed by his team-mates to help improve Villa’s goal tally after he made a return to first-team action. The £24m striker did not feature in a single game for six weeks after he was axed by Lambert and it inevitably prompted rumours about his future at the club.

However, the England international came off the bench and played 24 minutes of the goalless draw with Stoke City at the weekend.

“He’s a deadly finisher and you know he will score goals. That’s what the fans want to see, they want to see people scoring goals,” said Ciaran Clark.

“I’m sure if Darren had half a chance he would have stuck it in the net. It was just one of those days where he didn’t get a chance.”

Comments for: "Norwich City still obssessed with me, says Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert"

Toad

This is brilliant...comedy gold. We were gutted he left (although not surprised) and we are now on to bigger and better things. There isn't a Norwich fan in sight who would swap back to him now. He's obssessed with us more like, realising what a mistake he made going to Villa.

Pete

I think Mr Lambert has the obession.. He has something of an ego about it. The bulk of Norwich Fans moved on weeks ago -see the reaction at the Aston Villa Norwich game at Villa Park. It is the press and Mr Lambert who whip this up.

Sean

He is building Villa from the ground up, he is very lucky to be working with players that have graduated from one the best Academies in the World it is a long term project and it is going to be a bumpy ride but we will get there. He took Norwich as far as he could and even now they are punching above their weights I don't mean that in a disrespectful way but you have to admire what Norwich have achieved, but I may add Form is temporary Class is Permanent! UTV

Dean

Funny how the first two comments are from Norwich fans, who is obsessed with who?

Did a great job at Norwich and Houghton has carried that on. Ticking along nicely at Villa where he needs to make major changes to an over paid and under skilled work force. Villa play nice football but toothless at times.

Let's see where both clubs are in 3 years time, IF Villa survive this year then I think we can be a steady top 10 finisher that with a bit of investment can challenge for European spots .... we sell our best players to the top 5 or 6 clubs too often. I think Norwich will be happy just to be in the Premier League, and they should if they can hold onto their best players but as wages are at a lower level there players will jump ship more often.

UTV, let's hope its a great game tonight, the TV stations regret not putting it on, and I enjoy my 4 hour journey back ... without icey conditions!!