Lambert commits to Canaries

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Norwich have confirmed manager Paul Lambert has signed a "new and improved" contract.

The Canaries are set to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2005 after securing back-to-back promotions under Lambert, who took charge in August 2009 with the Norfolk club near the foot of League One.

The 41-year-old Scot - who last week emerged as a reported target for managerless West Ham - has been in lengthy discussions with the board over improvements to his rolling 12-month deal. With those now concluded, Lambert will focus on securing new players to help the club stay in the Premier League.

Lambert told the club's website, "It's terrific for myself and Ian [Culverhouse] and Gary [Karsa]. We came here together and we've never indicated we wanted to leave at all. I've loved my two years at the club.

"I'm delighted everything has been sorted for the three of us and now we are working on bringing players into the club. We have to try and give the current group a hand, as I have always said. We want to try and make this club the best it can possibly be. We'll try and do everything we can to get a foothold in the Premier League and to enjoy it.

"The fanbase here is tremendous and if you have got them behind you, then you have a chance."# Former Celtic midfielder Lambert was named LMA Championship Manager of the Year on Monday night, his second successive accolade voted for by his peers.

Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett expressed the board's delight to have tied Lambert down on new terms.

"What Paul, his staff and the players have helped the club to achieve since he joined us has been absolutely incredible," Bowkett said. "Therefore after protracted and professional negotiations, we are thrilled to report we have a new deal.

"Paul has stressed to me he has never wished to leave as he and the fans have unfinished business in the Premier League.

"We have always said our aim was to make Norwich City an established Premier League club and we will be doing everything in our power to support Paul as he works with us towards that goal."

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