Norwich City have rejected manager Paul Lambert's resignation. Lambert, 42, is a target for City's Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
If City allowed him to resign they would not receive any compensation,so by rejecting his offer, Norwich are ensuring that Villa will have to pay a fee if Lambert joins the Midlands club.
Paul Lambert looks set to become Aston Villa’s new boss after he offered to resign from his position as Norwich manager.
It is understood Lambert had a bust-up with the Norwich board after they refused him permission to speak to Villa
Lambert has been on the Villa’s shortlist since Alex McLeish was sacked.Their first choice was Wigan manager Roberto Martinez and there was a third candidate, believed to be Brendan Rodgers, but Villa are happy with a choice that has been made with the blessing of fans.
They have fall-back options, understood to be Brighton’s Gus Poyet and former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, if they cannot get Lambert.
Lambert, who enjoyed spells at Celtic and Borussia Dortmund in his playing days, managed at Wycombe and Colchester before joining Norwich in August 2009.
At the time the Canaries were in League One and reeling from a 7 - 1 home defeat by Colchester but Lambert masterminded successive promotions to reach the top flight in his first two seasons in charge.
That record has made him a hero to Norwich fans and the club have been quick to hail his impact despite his desire to leave Carrow Road.
Lambert's move to Norwich sparked controversy back in 2009. Colchester reported the Canaries to the Football League for a breach of regulations and misconduct after the Scot switched clubs.
Norwich were forced to pay £425,000 compensation. A Football League tribunal also fined the Canaries £200,000, of which £125,000 was suspended for two years.