Oh no, it wasn`t… oh yes, it was… the BBC soundbites that perhaps betray some transparent logic!
There was a little pantomime amid much melodrama yesterday as Paul Lambert left for Norwich City – especially in one particular difference of opinion between City`s new boss and the man who appointed him, chief executive, David McNally.
City`s conduct in officially luring Lambert yesterday morning to Norwich was essentially to make an illegal approach, confirmed by club Chairman Robbie Cowling who outlined that his U`s resignation and subsequent move was in a breech of his contract and Football League rules.
McNally looked foolish from a Colchester United perspective since it seems obvious that he and his fellow directors were seduced into selecting Lambert because of the barnstorming 7-1 victory his now ex-team inflicted upon City only a week-and-a-half ago.
McNally denied it, despite admitting that the board cleared his arrival while not giving the Scot a formal interview and only employing him on a short-term rolling contract.
How`s that for a vote of confidence in the new man`s ability? But this is the grating question; would any of it happened if Colchester had not inflicted that marvellous match-slaying while August and the season were both still so young?
Read the quotes below, U`s fans. Weep? No – laugh at the ease witch which City were charmed into appointing Lambert, before observing the great lengths McNally went in trying to apply a professional-looking cover up.
The references are taken from the BBC.
Put them side-by-side and it could almost make pure pantomime!
McNally, Radio Norfolk:- “In isolation, the 7-1 game isn`t really connected what we`ve done [in getting Lambert]. It was a bad day at the office for us, not a freak result. It was a very poor performance and one that we all struggle to get over.
In isolation, it was one game. We`ve taken the decision to change the manager based on seven months, not one game and the board unanimously agreed the criteria that we needed and are delighted to say that Paul fits the bill.”
Lambert, Look East:- “If Norwich hadn`t come out of the blocks flying and beaten Colchester then I wouldn`t be standing here.
I could never have imagined I`d be here. If I knew that, I`d probably do the lottery every week!“
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