Lambert Wishes "Good Guy" Hogg Well at Newcastle
Friday, 21st Feb 2020 11:56
Blues boss Paul Lambert has wished former U23s joint-manager Chris Hogg the best of luck with his new club Newcastle United.
Hogg, 34, joined the Magpies as their U23s coach earlier this week having been with the Town academy as a coach since 2013, after a previous spell as a young player with the Blues, although without making a senior appearance.
“Hoggy’s done well. I think he’s got a good way about him, a good guy gone on to pastures new,” Lambert said.
“I think he’s been here a number of years now and I’m pretty sure he’s from that way, from the North East [he was born in Middlesbrough], so he’s going back home and those sorts of things. A Premier League team as well, so good luck to him with his career.”
Lambert says the academy is about developing young coaches as well as players, although he’s not keen for too many to move on.
“Yes, but you don’t just want to become that all the time, you don’t want to be somebody else’s breeding ground,” he said.
“So, it’s okay to an extent, but there’s got to be a point where the club says 'No, you can’t move'.”
Asked about his first-team coach Matt Gill, Lambert joked: “I don’t like him! I don’t like the guy. He’s just killing time!
“No, as I said before, Gilly has been great. I tell you what, I’ve worked with unbelievable players and played with great players, and I always say when I released Gilly from Norwich, it was the hardest one I’ve ever done.
“If I could have given someone a ten-year contract just for being around a place or banter or patter, it would have been him.
“Honestly, it was really, really tough and I wouldn’t want to go through that again because I absolutely detested letting him go just because his personality and I think what he is doing here, he’s got a big career in front of him.”
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