Lambert joy at 'incredible' Canaries

Boss says club was 'almost dead' when he took over

Paul Lambert: Admits he is suprised by the progress Norwich have made over the past three years

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Paul Lambert has hailed the stunning progress Norwich have made over the last three years, labelling their revival as 'simply incredible'.

Lambert was ironically the architect of one of Norwich's lowest points in their recent history, guiding Colchester to a shock 7-1 win at Carrow Road on the opening day of the 2009/10 League One season.

Bryan Gunn was sacked as Norwich manager soon after and the club wasted no time in luring Lambert from Colchester to replace him.

Under his stewardship the Canaries stormed to the League One title before earning a second successive promotion by finishing second in the Championship a year later - the first English team to earn back-to-back promotions since Manchester City in 2000.

Lambert's men were heavily tipped to go straight back down at the start of the current Premier League campaign but the Scot has maintained their upward trajectory, with the club currently sat in 12th place ahead of Saturday's home game with Everton, comfortably away from relegation trouble.

""When you actually sit down and try to analyse what has happened here it is simply incredible.""

Paul Lambert

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Lambert concedes that even he is shocked by the success he has achieved in Norfolk, admitting the Premier League was a 'dream' when he first took over two years ago.

"When I took over I was just told to make sure Norwich finished in the top six in League One," said the former Borussia Dortmund and Celtic midfielder.

Unreal

"Last season my job was to ensure that Norwich stayed in the Championship. So what has happened is just unreal.

"When I arrived three years ago this club was almost dead - there was hardly a heartbeat.

"Now we have had promotions to celebrate for the last two seasons and we're looking forward to games against Everton and Spurs.

"When you actually sit down and try to analyse what has happened here it is simply incredible."

But for a late equaliser by Everton's Leon Osman in the reverse fixture last December the Canaries could be pushing for a memorable double against the Toffees on Saturday.

However, Lambert has warned his side will be facing a very different Everton than the one that laboured at Goodison last winter, with David Moyes' men embarking on yet another post-Christmas revival.

"We were hanging on at times then and they are a much better side now, having brought in a couple of new lads," he added.

"So we will have to play really well just to get anything."