Well it’s early of course, but Stanley’s asleep so I might as well strike while the iron’s hot.
Tim will doubtlessly have his own ideas so I won’t call this a CCN suggestion, but to me it has to be Lambert.
Managers seem to fall into a few categories:
- Those who cannot manage (lots in this group – don’t last long)
- Those who do no harm (most in this group)
- Those who are really good (very few in this group)
I’m not sure how common it might be to move through these hypothetical groupings, but to me management is all about achievement. And Paul Lambert has achieved.
Fulham will want a successful manager to keep up the good work Hodgson and Hughes have started. What they will not want is to be burned again as a stepping stone. I would argue that all “really good” managers would be a significant risk for “Doing a Hodgson/Hughes”. So what you want is a “do no harm” manager on the up. I believe that this man is Paul Lambert.
Lambert has achieved two consecutive promotions with an ordinary looking Norwich City team. That’s what it’s about: results! He also has that nice playing career profile of having been good but not that good, while experiencing a few different footballing environments.
So it’s Lambert for me. Norwich won’t want to lose him, but football is increasingly a dog eat dog world. Our dog has been eaten for the last two off-seasons; it’s time to attack someone else’s. Lambert for Fulham!
Who do you want?