Villa boss Paul Lambert today admitted his rift with former club Norwich City will never be healed.
And the 44-year-old said he may carry the secrets of what really went on to his dying day.
Lambert expects a red-hot reception when he returns to Carrow Road with Villa for this lunchtime’s clash.
Norwich were furious when the Scot quit as Canaries boss in May 2012. Villa appointed Lambert the following month and claimed they didn’t need to pay compensation as the Scot resigned before talks took place.
Lambert claimed his deal enabled him to talk to any interested Premier League club.
Six months of legal wrangling ended when Villa agreed to pay Norwich a settlement and the Canaries gave Lambert a bonus.
Of the row with Norwich, Lambert admitted: “It’ll never heal, that. That’s all I need to say. But Delia was fine.”
Lambert said he could carry the secret of what happened in the row to his death bed. “Maybe when the big man is calling me,” he added.