Aston Villa and Norwich to settle Lambert row in court

Aston Villa and Norwich City will take their battle from the football pitch to the court room over compensation for Paul Lambert, who left the Canaries to fill the managerial vacancy at Villa Park, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Norwich are said to be angry that they have received no compensation from Villa for their manager, who left Carrow Road earlier in June. Lambert believes he had a clause in his contract allowing him to speak to other clubs which was ignored by Norwich chief executive David McNally, who Lambert accused of attempting to block the stipulation on a technicality. With the clubs unable to agree over the matter it appears likely to go to a Premier League tribunal.

When the sides met in the Premier League last season the spoils were shared, with each outfit winning their home fixture. In November a Darren Bent brace helped Villa to a 3-2 win at Villa Park while in May, in the final game of the season, goals from Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson gave Norwich the points on their own turf.

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