Date: 7th January 2011 at 7:44am
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Burnley confirmed on Thursday evening that the club had asked Norwich for permission to speak to Paul Lambert regarding their managerial vacancy.

The official statement read:

‘Burnley Football Club can confirm that tonight a formal request has been submitted to Norwich City Football Club to speak to their manager Paul Lambert.

‘The club has begun the process of targeting the shortlist of candidates to fill the vacant manager’s role at Turf Moor.

‘And club officials have subsequently requested permission from the Norwich City board of directors to discuss the position with Lambert.’

The Clarets though have been denied permission to speak to the 41 year old Scot

A subsequent Norwich club statement read:

‘Norwich City wish to confirm, in response to Burnley’s decision this evening to publish the fact that they have made a formal request for permission to speak to Paul Lambert about their managerial vacancy, that permission has not been granted.

‘Under no circumstances would the club wish to grant permission.

‘The club will fight tooth and nail to retain the services of Paul Lambert and his team, during this critical period of the season, and whilst they remain employed under a long-term contract.

‘The club remain committed to Paul and his team in the long term, and see them as a vital part of our future plans.’

Lambert steered the Canaries to promotion as League 1 champions last season and this season has propelled Norwich City to 3rd place in the Championship just behind the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

Our earlier article on Lambert provided further detail on his career which you can read by clicking this link

Doing the Lambert Walk?

Rumours had been circulating that Lambert could be tempted by a move up North to be nearer his family so if he really is interested in the position, he may have to put pressure on the Norwich chairman to lift the ban on Burnley approaching him.

If the Norwich board continue to dig their heels in, the Clarets will have no option but to consider the other candidates on their short-list. About six names are thought to be on the list with Malky MacKay, the Watford manager believed to be one of the candidates they particularly wish to interview

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