Paul Lambert will leave Blackburn Rovers at the end of the season after activating a release clause in his contract.
The former Norwich boss took over at Ewood Park in the middle of this season and has a record of 10 wins from his 31 games in charge. In recent weeks, Lambert had voiced his frustration at a lack of investment from the Rovers board as he tried to talk up a promotion challenge for next season.
It seems that he has not received the assurances about finances that he wanted and has decided to activate a rather canny release clause in his contract. His final game in charge will be against Reading on May 7th.
‘I would like to place on record my thanks to the owners, and especially the players, staff and fans for the tremendous backing and support I have received since I arrived,” he said, in a statement released on Rovers` official club website on Thursday afternoon. “It`s a brilliant club, with great people, and I wish it every success in the future. For now, I remain fully focused and determined to try to win the final two games of the season, starting this Saturday against Rotherham.”
Lambert came in as Rovers were in serious relegation trouble and steadied the ship, bringing in ex-Canaries Elliot Bennett, Simeon Jackson and Elliot Ward in January to help him. They currently sit 10 points above the already relegated bottom three sides in the Championship.
With Derby County currently without a full-time manager, already the rumour mill has him linked with a move to Pride Park. It would be a decent job for him and I’m sure he would be backed by the Rams’ board. Another position of interest for Lambert could be the Celtic manager’s job, which will also be vacant in the summer.
The chance to manage at Celtic Park could prove tempting, what with the return of Rangers to the Scottish Premier League, although that would be as much of a challenge as he’d get there. I seem to remember him talking about the SPL in the past as not being competitive and that England was where the challenge was, which we all know and so does he.