Canaries chief in quit rumour
Paul Lambert has reportedly walked out on Norwich after being refused permission to speak with rivals Aston Villa.
The Canaries' chief has been heavily linked with the Villa Park hot-seat since Alex McLeish was sacked, ironically after Villa's final day 2-0 defeat at Norwich just over a fortnight ago. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moved into contention when he held talks with Villa owner Randy Lerner, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was also a frontrunner after Villa tried to take him to the Midlands 12 months ago. However, Solskjaer opted to stay with Molde in Norway and, having decided against moving to Liverpool, Martinez pledged his future to the Latics on Wednesday. That left Lambert in pole position for the Villa job and reports claim the Scot walked out of Carrow Road on Wednesday evening after his club refused him permission to speak to the Villains. If that is the case then it could pave the way for Lambert, who guided Norwich to successive promotions from League One to the Premier League and then secured a mid-table finish in the last season on a modest budget, to make the move in the coming days.