May 15, 2015 17:33:17 UK
Former Norwich City boss Paul Lambert believes his old club have what it takes to secure a Premier League return via the playoff final later this month.
Lambert, sacked by Aston Villa in earlier this year, is tipping compatriot Alex Neil to ensure that England’s top flight does not remain without a Scottish manager for too long.
Villa’s decision to sack Lambert means that for the first time since its inception in 1992, there is no Scot in charge of a Premier League club.
I think they’ll win promotion.
Norwich host East Anglian neighbours Ipswich on Saturday lunchtime with a place at Wembley on 25th May at stake.
The teams played out a 1-1 draw at Portman Road in the first leg and Lambert feels Norwich are well equipped to finish the job off.
“I think they’ll win promotion. Norwich is a great club with a great fan base and they are certainly equipped to get there,” he said.
Norwich are 1.80 to win the second leg against Mick McCarthy’s side, who are 5.00, while the draw is 3.75.
Former Hamilton boss Neil is the second youngest manager in the Football League but Lambert paid tribute to the work he has done since taking over at Carrow Road in January.
“Alex has done fantastically well. I don’t really know him but he has handled himself really well and kept the players focused,” said Lambert.
Despite securing a draw at Portman Road, Lambert says he expects another full blooded encounter between the derby rivals on Saturday.
“The derbies have huge intensity. I know how important it is for Norwich fans and Alex will know that too,” he added.
Norwich are 7.50 to win the game 2-0.
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