David Moyes believes Paul Lambert is at the forefront of a new breed of young managers.
The 42-year-old Lambert has guided Norwich into the bosom of mid-table safety this term, winning widespread praise as he has defied the conventional wisdom that promoted teams invariably struggle in the top flight.
Moyes says Lambert has managed it by using ‘three or four different styles of play’, while another promoted team – Swansea City – have have attracted praise from all quarters for their footballing panache under 39-year-old Brendan Rodgers.
The Blues boss says it is refreshing for the Premier League.
“Paul has done a great job, he really has,” said Moyes. “They have been in the top half of the league pretty much all season and are not in any danger of relegation or anything like that, so for Norwich City it has been a fantastic season.
“And Paul has guided them up through the divisions so he has done a really terrific job.
“He is one of a group of younger managers who are coming in with some fresh ideas and styles and they are being brave with what they do – it is a great credit to them.”
And for Moyes, the success of Norwich and Swansea – and to a lesser extent QPR – is symptomatic of a narrowing gap between the bottom of the Premier League and the top of the Championship.
He added: “The teams coming out of the Championship are probably in a better financial condition than some of the teams in the bottom half of the Premier League.
“That allows them to buy a few players in and they also have momentum from winning the league below. So that means the teams coming up aren’t necessarily the teams who will go straight back down and we have seen that with Swansea and Norwich.”