Manager Paul Lambert rallies Norwich City support

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has told the club's supporters they will be vital in helping the Canaries stay in the Premier League next season.

Lambert addressed an estimated 40,000 fans at a civic reception in the city centre on Tuesday.

"Good players with a terrific fan base, those are the two most important things at the club," he said.

"Whatever happens the lads will need the fans more than anything next year, that's for sure."

The Canaries sealed last Monday, less than two years after Lambert took over the club when they were in League One.

"I can't single out any player, it's been a huge effort from the players, from the fans to get us over the line," he added.

"And next year we'll do everything we can to survive, and that's me being realistic.

"To go to the grounds we're going to be going to, I think the crowd are going to be huge for us."

And the Scot reserved special praise for his assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa.

The trio worked together at Wycombe in 2006 before heading to Colchester and then City.

"I'd like to say a big thanks to Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa who came with me from Wycombe," Lambert added.

"It's taken us six long, hard years to get where we are.

"But we couldn't have done it without the fans and that group of players."

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