Howson - We have to step up

Canaries midfielder wants to keep momentum going

Jonny Howson: The Canaries midfielder expects Norwich to carry on progressing despite the loss of boss Paul Lambert

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Jonny Howson insists that it is up to the Norwich players to prove last season was not just down to Paul Lambert.

Chris Hughton has stepped into the void left by Lambert, who has taken over at Aston Villa, after overseeing three successful campaigns at Carrow Road where the Canaries flew up from League One all the way to a respectable 12th spot in the Premier League.

But midfielder Howson, signed by Lambert from Leeds in January and linked with a move to reunite with the Scotsman at Villa, believes that City can prove their worth under former Newcastle and Birmingham boss Hughton.

"Paul Lambert did a terrific job here and it is our responsibility now as players and the staff coming in to carry that momentum on," said the 24-year-old.

"The club has been on the up the last three seasons, and we have to keep up the hard work. We still have all the players here and I am sure we can do it."

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Howson, who made 11 Premier League appearances after recovering from a knee injury, went on: "The manager points you in the right direction, tells us how he wants us to play, but as players we are the ones who go out there and do it.

"Paul Lambert did a terrific job here and it is our responsibility now as players and the staff coming in to carry that momentum on."

Jonny Howson

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"I don't think it is a case of it just being all Paul Lambert, because the players went out there and achieved that. It is about getting a mix between managers and staff, then all helping each other out."

The former England under-21 international insists no matter who is in charge, players will always remain focused on delivering on the pitch.

"In my short career, I have now had about five or six managers that I have played under, so nothing really changes there," he said.

"I am obviously very grateful for Paul Lambert bringing me to the club and giving me the chance of Premier League football.


"But no matter who the manager is, you have to impress every day, so that does not change."

Hughton takes his squad out to Austria for a training camp ahead of the opening pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin on 21st July.

New signing Jacob Butterfield, who joined from Barnsley, will travel as he continues rehabilitation from knee surgery, along with Scotland international Steven Whittaker, despite continued fall-out following his move from Rangers.