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Norwich City boss Paul Lambert rejects Burnley approach

Norwich boss Paul Lambert
Lambert was nominated for December's manager of the month

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has joined the club in rejecting an approach for his services from Championship rivals Burnley.

The Clarets have been without a manager since sacking Brian Laws on 29 December, with Stuart Gray placed in temporary charge of the first team.

Lambert, 41, told his club's website: "I want to put the speculation to bed - I've never had any intention of going."

Norwich said: "Under no circumstances would we wish to grant permission."

Burnley are understood to have a shortlist of six candidates, with Lambert leading the contenders.

All the speculation is wide of the mark and hopefully now the rumour mill about the Burnley job can focus elsewhere and we can all move on

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert

But Lambert added: "I've said on numerous occasions that I'm happy here and that's still the case.

"The players and the fans have been tremendous for us since we joined here and what they have achieved over the last 16 months or so is absolutely phenomenal, as I keep saying.

"We've got a job to do here, starting with an important FA Cup match against Leyton Orient tomorrow - and that's what I want everyone to be focusing on.

"I want to put the speculation to bed - I've never had any intention of going elsewhere and nothing has changed.

"All the speculation is wide of the mark and hopefully now the rumour mill about the Burnley job can focus elsewhere and we can all move on."

Lambert has been in charge at Carrow Road since August 2009 after taking over from the sacked Bryan Gunn.

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Lambert led the Canaries out of League One and back into the Championship, where they have made an excellent start to the season, with the club third in the Championship and level on points with second-placed Cardiff.

The Scot has been nominated for the Championship's manager of the month award for December alongside Watford boss Malky Mackay, Leeds' Simon Grayson and Reading manager Brian McDermott.

Burnley are 11th in the Championship and have won one and lost one match since Laws' dismissal on 29 December.



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