‘Let’s not be having you’ – Norwich lose Paul Lambert and Grant Holt
Not too dissimilar from Swansea, Norwich have gone from nailed-on mid-table battlers to relegation favourites in the space of week.
Both teams have lost managers instrumental to their success and Norwich have suffered extra ignominy – losing their top scorer and cult-favourite talisman, Grant Holt. In a scene not too dissimilar from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the Canaries have had their beating heart brutally ripped out.
One gleeful recipient of that pulsating organ is Aston Villa who yesterday confirmed that Paul Lambert is their new manager with a thoroughly inventive press release:
“The board are delighted to confirm Paul Lambert has been appointed manager.”
It certainly appears that the split was not entirely amicable, with Lambert’s resignation being refused by Norwich on Friday; a tension not helped by the fact that the Scot had recently described a move away from Carrow Road as “absolute nonsense.”
Meanwhile Aston Villa, along with Liverpool, can hope to breathe new life in to their thoroughly flaky ‘big team’ status thanks to young and adventurous managers taking the reins next season.
Whilst Lambert and Brendan Rogers have dismounted the managerial merry-go-around at sleeping giants, spare a thought for Roberto Martinez who looks like he’ll be straddling the pneumatic donkey that is Wigan for another season.
Also starring on the acrimonious separations chart this week is Grant Holt. The high-scoring battering-ram finally confirmed his departure from Norwich with a very eloquent tweet indeed. Holt, who joined the club in 2009, said:
‘I have loved my 3 years at the club and it sadness me to right this but want use to here it from me first. #lovedmytime’
That tweet was received with hostility from many Norwich fans who see his departure as a blatant bid to sniff out some higher wages elsewhere. Holt’s agent has refuted that accusation, suggesting that the club killed negotiations because the forward was ‘too old’ to merit a sizeable contract.
We reckon England’s snub of Holt – despite him being the second highest English scorer in the Premier League last season – motivated the former Nottingham Forrest player to look for a more glamorous abode.
OTP certainly thinks it should share some of the responsibility too. A few weeks ago we asked Robert Pires if he rated Holt, to which we got the damming response… “Who?” A day later, Holt was pushing for a move. Case closed.
Whatever the case, Holt was a colossus at Norwich, in stature and scoring prowess and we hope this unsavoury seperation won’t take too much away from a truly immense career at Carrow Road.
Not convinced by our outpouring of retrospective affection? You will be after watching the video above.