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Paul Lambert holds "no animosity" over Wolves exit

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Former Wolves boss Paul Lambert has vowed to take time before deciding his next move while insisting there remains “no animosity” over his Molineux exit.

Paul Lambert

Lambert left the club last month after just seven months in charge and was quickly replaced by Nuno Espirito Santo.

Speaking to BBC Scotland over the weekend, the 47-year-old claimed he was “comfortable” with decision to leave Wolves after such a short time at the helm.

"Wolves is a brilliant club, with a terrific fan-base,” he said. “There's some really good players there at Wolves and I'm talking about the lads that Walter Zenga brought in as well.

"Our job was to try to help them along the way but they made the decision, everybody became comfortable with it. There was no animosity whatsoever – there are some good people there and we just decided to go our separate ways."

Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple recently claimed the club’s board had first considered axing Lambert after a poor end to the season.

But the central reason behind his departure is believed to have been Lambert’s reservations over the influence on recruitment at Molineux of super agent Jorge Mendes, a close associate of owner’s Fosun.

When quizzed about his general views on club recruitment, Lambert replied: "I think the way any manager would like to work is if you're going to fail, you make sure you fail on your own terms and you fall on your sword and that's the way I've always viewed it.

"I've always thought, if a player's going to come to your club, you make sure you've seen him or you know his character. Ultimately, you have to manage him for one, two, three years, for how long his contract's going to be.

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"I know for a fact that the top [managers] will never let anybody will come in without them knowing. That's vital.

"You could have a really nasty dressing room with it if it doesn't work and you don't know their character."

Lambert, who has been linked with the vacant managerial post at Sunderland, added: "There's one or two things that I'm mulling over in my head at the minute.

"I'm never adverse to anything but I think I would rather stay in England or I'd go abroad."

"I'm fortunate I don't really need to jump into anything that I don't think's worthwhile or I think, 'no, it's not for me'.

"So, I'll take my time and I'll see what I can do. It's been brilliant [in England]. I've loved my time down there. I've had opportunities to go abroad, which I've turned down. I think my time's probably away from Scotland.

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star

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