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Paul Christopher Lambert
Personal information
Date of birth 7 August 1969 (1969-08-07) (age 40)
Place of birth    Paisley, Scotland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Norwich City (manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
St. Mirren
Borussia Dortmund
227 (14)
103 0(6)
044 0(1)
193 (14)
007 0(0)
574 (35)   
National team
1995–2003 Scotland 040 0(1)
Teams managed
Wycombe Wanderers
Colchester United
Norwich City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Paul Christopher Lambert (born 7 August 1969) is a Scottish football manager and former player who is manager of Norwich City. He achieved great success as a player, winning the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren as a 17-year-old, the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund, all the Scottish domestic honours with Celtic and 40 caps for Scotland.


Club career

Lambert started his playing career at Linwood Rangers Boys' Club in 1980, before entering the professional game with St. Mirren in 1985. As a 17 year old in 1987 with St Mirren, Lambert won his first Scottish Cup winner's medal. He played there for eight years before transferring to Motherwell in 1993.

In 1996, Lambert transferred to the German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. He was well liked by the fans in Germany, and he contributed to the team's success in winning the 1997 UEFA Champions League: in the final against Juventus in Munich on 28 May 1997, he played superbly in midfield to quell the influence of Juve's French playmaker Zinedine Zidane as Dortmund won 3–1. Lambert also provided the assist for Karl-Heinz Riedle's opening goal. He became the first British player to win the European Cup with a non UK team, and the first British player to win the Champions League since its inception.

In November 1997, after just over a year playing in the Bundesliga he was signed by Celtic for a fee in the region of £2,000,000. During his time with Celtic, he won four SPL titles, two Scottish Cups, two CIS Insurance Cups and was captain of the side that reached the 2003 UEFA Cup Final in Seville. The Scottish chsmpionship in his first season halted the run of Rangers consecutive title at 9, equalling the 9 achieved by Celtic in the Jock Stein era.

International career

He was also a Scotland international, winning 40 caps and scoring one goal, and played in the 1998 World Cup, turning in an impressive performance as the Scots lost 2–1 to Brazil at the Stade de France in the tournament's opening match and also in the 1-1 draw against Norway in Bordeaux.

On 15 November 2009 he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame. [1]

Managerial career

After studying for football coaching qualifications in 2005, Lambert landed his first managerial job with Livingston on 1 June 2005. Lambert studied for his UEFA coaching credentials in Germany, one of very few non-Germans to have been given dispensation to do so. Although he had not intended to play for his new club Lambert registered as a player in late August 2005 to cover for any injury shortages. His tenure ended the following February when he resigned after only winning two league games since starting the job.

Lambert was appointed manager of English team Wycombe Wanderers on 30 June 2006. He led Wycombe to the League Cup semi-finals after defeating Premier League sides Fulham and Charlton Athletic. The semi-final tie, against then Premier League champions Chelsea, saw Wycombe hold Chelsea to a 1–1 draw at Adams Park before losing the away leg. This was the first time in over 30 years a fourth tier team had reached that stage of the League Cup. Lambert resigned as Wycombe manager on 20 May 2008 following the club's elimination from the League Two play-offs by Stockport County.

On 9 October 2008, he was appointed as manager of Colchester United.[2] to succeed Geraint Williams, before winning his first game 2-1 at Stockport County.

On 18 August 2009, he became the new Norwich City manager, replacing Bryan Gunn, who was sacked by the club shortly after an opening-day 7-1 defeat to Colchester, managed by Lambert.[3] Discussions are ongoing regarding compensation to Colchester.[4] Lambert is currently statistically the best manager in Norwich's history, having pulled them together after a slow start to the season and taken them to the top of League One within six months, making them well placed for an immediate return to the Football League Championship a season after relegation.


Managerial statistics

As of 13 March 2010.
Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Livingston Scotland 1 June 2005 12 February 2006 32 5 20 7 15.6
Wycombe Wanderers England 30 June 2006 20 May 2008 108 44 35 29 40.7
Colchester United England 9 October 2008 18 August 2009 43 19 17 7 44.2
Norwich City England 19 August 2009 Present 40 27 6 7 67.5
Total 223 95 78 50 42.6


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Boyd
Celtic F.C. captain
Succeeded by
Jackie McNamara


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