Statement from Norwich City Football Club

Norwich City Football Club have issued a statement about the departure of manager Paul Lambert to Aston Villa. They say contrary to some reports no compensation deal has so far been secured with Villa. The club says it has been "inundated" with interest for the vacant job.

"We would once again like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Paul for everything he has done for the Club - everybody at Carrow Road wishes him all the best for the future.Some media reports are suggesting we have agreed compensation for Paul's services with Aston Villa, however this is not the case. We will continue to discuss this matter privately with Aston Villa.

Meanwhile the search for the next Norwich City manager is already actively underway and the Club has been inundated with applications for and interest in the job of leading this great Club."

– Norwich City statement

The club also said the next Norwich City manager will have "a great squad of players, a robust and competitive budget and excellent facilities to work with - as well as the superb backing home and away of our fantastic supporters."

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