By Matt Farr
Wolves manager Paul Lambert is a shock contender for a return to Norwich as his future at Molineux grows increasingly uncertain, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the 47-year-old could be in the mix for a return to Carrow Road ahead of next season, with Norwich currently on the hunt for a new manager.
Alan Irvine took temporary charge of Norwich following the dismissal of Alex Neil in March, and Lambert could be prepared to throw his hat into the ring.
But the Canaries’ new sporting director Stuart Webber may not view Lambert as a viable option, having been told to slash the club’s budget, meaning he would be reluctant to pay compensation to relieve Lambert of his current duties.
It was earlier reported by the Telegraph on Thursday that the Scot was considering walking away from his job at Molineux amid concerns over the club’s transfer policy.
Lambert is understood to be keen on honing in on British talent this summer, with the addition of a few new recruits from abroad recommended by super-agent Jorge Mendes.
Mendes has close links with Wolves’ Chinese owners Fosun Group, but the Telegraph report that the club hierarchy are prepared to hand Mendes, not Lambert, full control of the club’s summer recruitment.
The reported decision has left Lambert considering his future at the Championship club, who finished 15th in the league this season, with a return to his former club an alluring prospect.
Lambert managed Norwich between August 2009 and June 2012, leading the club from League One to the Premier League, only to depart for Aston Villa after ensuring the club’s top flight survival.
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