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Paul Lambert and John Hughes rule out Burnley switch


Lambert denies Burnley rumours

Norwich boss Paul Lambert and John Hughes, of Hibernian, have ruled themselves out of the running for the vacant manager's job at Burnley.

The Premier League outfit are seeking to replace Owen Coyle, who was confirmed as Bolton boss on Friday.

Bookies' favourite Lambert told BBC Look East: "All you need to know is I'm not going anywhere. I'm staying here."

Hughes said: "I'm not interested. I've worked ever so hard to get to Hibs and it's only speculation."

Burnley midfielder Graham Alexander said he would like to see caretaker boss Steve Davis given the job permanently.

"It would be great if he was offered the job, or was in the running for it, because I'm sure he would do a fantastic job," said Alexander.

Davis, who made over 300 appearances for the Clarets, would have the full backing of the Turf Moor playing staff according to Alexander.

"He is a Burnley legend and the players do look up to Steve because a couple of the lads have played with him in their career and the young lads see him as a figurehead of the coaching set-up," said the 38-year-old veteran.

"He [Davis] is held in high esteem by all the Burnley fans and the people around the club," added Alexander.

Scottish duo Lambert and Hughes took over at their respective clubs in the summer.

Lambert left Colchester for the Canaries in August after masterminding the U's 7-1 win at Carrow Road, while Hughes left Falkirk to take over at Easter Road in June following the departure of Mixu Paatelainen.


Former Celtic midfielder Lambert added: "I love it here and I've got a great rapport with people.

"This football club is a special place and I am not going anywhere.

"I'm not going, I'm staying. People say I don't stay at clubs for a long time but I stayed at Wycombe for a couple of years.

"I left Colchester because I was told I could speak to Norwich - I'm certainly not going to leave this club."

Hughes first moved into management with Coyle in 2003 as joint bosses of Falkirk before the future Burnley manager moved on to Dundee United.

Hughes says he has more to do at Hibernian

Hughes left Falkirk, where he was in charge for over six years, at the end of last season after a campaign in which he avoided relegation and guided them to the Scottish Cup final.

However, the former Hibs and Celtic defender insists he still has work to do in Edinburgh in his current role, but paid tribute to Coyle's work at Turf Moor.

"Owen has done a wonderful job there," said Hughes. "I'm ambitious and eventually I would like to go down there, but not for the foreseeable future, that's for sure.

"I'm at Hibs, I'm enjoying it here, I've got work here and I owe it to the supporters to put that straight right now.

"No matter what happens, I'll be here for the next three or four years, hopefully, but to do that I need to get results.

"It's alright for me to say that, but I need to get results."

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