Norwich City boss Paul Lambert wants to do more than survive in Premier League
11:42 28 May 2012
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert does not regard mere survival as his target next season – even though he knows his Carrow Road bosses will almost certainly be happy with Premier League security again.
“The chairman has said if we finish 17th next season it will be an incredible achievement, but for me, I don’t want to finish 17th,” he said.
“My own target is different, but I know what the club are meaning by that. I have my own targets and I want to finish as high up the league as I can.’’
But Lambert, who managed City into 12th place on their return to the top flight, admitted on Sky Sports News that he would not make his target public.
He said: “If I put targets on certain things the fans will come here and expect, and if we are not in the top half they will be calling for my head, so as long as we stay in the league that is the most important thing.”
Meanwhile, City defender Russell Martin won his third international cap at the weekend – but it was not a happy occasion for Scotland.
Craig Levein suffered his heaviest defeat as national team manager as the USA raced to a 5-1 victory in Florida.
The Scots were 2-1 down when Martin replaced Phil Bardsley after 59 minutes, but the hosts ran out comfortable winners with three goals in the next 10 minutes.
Kick-off was delayed by more than 20 minutes as a record crowd of nearly 45,000 turned up in Jacksonville.
Landon Donovan scored a hat-trick for the hosts, with Michael Bradley and Jermaine Jones the other American scorers.
A Geoff Cameron own goal was all Scotland had to show for a dismal display.