Date:Tuesday August 18 2009
Paul Lambert has said he is not hiding behind the fact he "couldn`t turn down" the chance to manage Colchester's rivals Norwich City.
The ex-U`s boss quit the current League One leaders last night, claiming he found it hard to leave the Essex side. Lambert lasted just nine months at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
"I`ve worked with the people there and the lads that came in have been brilliant for me," he told BBC Essex. "I`m not going to hide behind that and say anything else other than I just owe that to them because they are sat at the top of the league.
"The last two games, the lads have been brilliant for me. But when you get an opportunity like this, you can`t turn it down."
The manger`s departure is reminiscent of George Burley`s move to Ipswich Town on Boxing Day 1994. The now Scotland boss eventually lead his new club to Premiership glory.
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