Paul Lambert
9th Jul 2012
Paul Lambert

Paul Lambert's reputation as a big achiever can be traced right back to the start of his career when he lifted the Scottish FA Cup with St. Mirren.

At the age of 17, the stylish midfield player had his first winner's when Saints defeated Dundee United at Hampden Park in the 1987 final.

From there on, the man from Linwood near Glasgow developed an uncompromising will to win.

"Reputations count for nothing. I have to win. Fear drives me on," Lambert succinctly put it after guiding Norwich City back into the Barclays Premier League last year.

He developed that steel during a glittering playing career that brought European glory with Borussia Dortmund, trophies galore at Celtic and a World Cup finals appearance with Scotland.

After leaving St. Mirren, Lambert helped Motherwell finish second in the SPL and earn a UEFA Cup spot.

Alex McLeish's team were drawn against Borussia Dortmund and, although the German giants emerged as comfortable winners over two legs, Lambert's displays attracted the attention of Ottmar Hitzfield.

And so the Bundesliga became the next destination for the Scotland international.

Dortmund were back-to-back German champions but Champions League glory was firmly in their sights.

Hitzfeld deployed Lambert as his midfield general to compliment stars such as elegant sweeper Matthaus Sammer and attacking duo Andreas Moller and Karl-Heinz Riedle.

Victories over Auxerre and Manchester United in the knockout stages set up a final against a star-studded Juventus team.

Dortmund lifted the trophy after a stunning 3-1 success, with Lambert having a considerable influence on the showpiece tie at Munich's Olympiastadion.

As well as stifling French wizard Zinadine Zidane and laying on the first goal for Riedle, he earned a place in British football's history books.

Lambert became the first player from the UK to win the European Cup with a foreign club and the first British winner of the competition in the Champions League era.

After an unforgettable year in Germany, Lambert joined Celtic where he wasted little time in striking silver.

The Bhoys' SPL success in 1997-98 prevented rivals Rangers completing a run of 10 consecutive titles.

It was the first of four league championships for Lambert at Parkhead.

He also collected two Scottish Cups, two League Cups and the 2002 Football Writer's Player of the Year award.

Lambert went on to skipper Celtic during an incredible run to the 2003 UEFA Cup final. However, the big night in Seville ended in an agonising 3-2 extra-time defeat against Jose Mourinho's Porto.

With the end of his playing career approaching, Lambert began studying for his coaching qualifications in 2005.

Livingston offered him a first taste of management before he followed in the footsteps of O'Neill by signing up to boss Wycombe Wanderers.

A fairytale Carling Cup run saw Wycombe defeat Fulham and Charlton en route to the semi-finals.

A year later the Buckinghamshire outfit reached the League Two play-offs but Lambert resigned after they were eliminated by Stockport County.

In October 2008, Lambert took charge of Colchester United and his tenure with the U's led to a fascinating career twist.

Colchester's 7-1 thrashing of Norwich on the opening day of the 2009-10 campaign put the Scot firmly on the radar of the Canaries board. Lambert eventually took the reins at Carrow Road and oversaw a remarkable upswing in fortunes.

The League One title was duly delivered and Norwich's momentum continued the following season when they achieved a second consecutive promotion.

They finished as Championship runners-up behind Queens Park Rangers.

Norwich consolidated their Premier League status as Lambert steered them to 12th place.



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