Lambert to enjoy promotion celebration
Updated Monday, 9th May 2011
Paul Lambert will enjoy milking the moment when his Norwich squad are honoured with a civic reception on Tuesday, but knows the Canaries will have to go again "10 fold" next season when they look to stay in the Barclays Premier League.
Norwich had secured their return to the elite of English football as runners-up to Queen's Park Rangers ahead of the final round of npower Championship fixtures, meaning there was a carnival atmosphere in Saturday's clash with Coventry at Carrow Road, which ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Lambert will take in the adulation of the supporters again tomorrow evening when the squad attend a civic reception at City Hall before an open-top parade to celebrate what has been a remarkable 20 months under the guidance of the 41-year-old Scot. However, Lambert - a Champions League winner with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 - is already turning his attentions towards what is set to be the most testing spell of his managerial career.
"We have been probably spoilt with what's happened to us in successive seasons, because these things you don't see very often and when you do get something like that you have got to enjoy the moment," said Lambert, who took Norwich from the bottom of League One to the title and on to successive promotions.
"I am pretty sure this will all live long in the memory of people. They have seen their team go into the Premier League, best league in the world, with the best players and best stadia - and we have earned the right to go and play against them.
"We will enjoy the civic reception, which I think will be absolutely terrific for us, but once all that is finished, that is it, it has gone, you have to go again - but the difference is you are going to have to go 10 fold for what you are going to come up against."