Howson believes in life after Lambert

  • Last Updated: July 15 2012, 18:30 BST

Jonny Howson maintains it is up to the Norwich players to prove last season was not just "all Paul Lambert" as new manager Chris Hughton looks to take the club forward.

Jonny Howson: Looking to the future

Lambert oversaw three campaigns of success at Carrow Road, guiding the Canaries up from npower League One and swiftly on into the Barclays Premier League, where they finished 12th.

With the Scottish coach now having taken over at Aston Villa, former Newcastle and Birmingham manager Hughton has been charged with building on those solid foundations.

Midfielder Howson - signed by Lambert from Leeds in January and who has been linked with a £4million switch to join his hold boss at Villa - insists the Norwich squad can again prove their worth.

"Paul Lambert did a terrific job here and it is our responsibility now as players and the staff coming in to carry that momentum on," said the 24-year-old.

"The club has been on the up the last three seasons, and we have to keep up the hard work. We still have all the players here and I am sure we can do it."

Howson, who made 11 Premier League appearances after recovering from a knee injury, continued: "The manager points you in the right direction, tells us how he wants us to play, but as players we are the ones who go out there and do it.

"I don't think it is a case of it just being all Paul Lambert, because the players went out there and achieved that. It is about getting a mix between managers and staff, then all helping each other out."

Howson came through the youth ranks at Elland Road to skipper Leeds, before deciding against extending his contract last season.

The former England under-21 international insists no matter who is in charge, players will always remain focused on delivering the required performances.

"In my short career, I have now had about five or six managers that I have played under, so nothing really changes there," he said.

"I am obviously very grateful for Paul Lambert bringing me to the club and giving me the chance of Premier League football.

"But no matter who the manager is, you have to impress every day, so that does not change."

Howson added: "I feel it went reasonably well in the games I played last season, but it helps when you have great players around you.

"Playing in the Premier League is what you dream about when you are a kid.

"My aim now is to have a good pre-season and hopefully get a few more games under my belt for Norwich."

Hughton takes his squad out to Austria for a training camp ahead of the opening pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin on July 21.

New signing Jacob Butterfield, who joined from Barnsley, will travel as he continues rehabilitation from knee surgery, along with Scotland international Steven Whittaker, despite continued fall-out following his free-agent move from Rangers.

Hughton is expected to bring in at least a couple more fresh faces ahead of the Premier League kick-off at Fulham on August 18, and has been linked with a move for Birmingham defender Curtis Davies.

"There might be positions where I feel I don't need to strengthen and there might be positions where, for what's available, I think we have got better here," said the new Norwich boss.

"What I have is a team that has done well with good team spirit.

"I do want to improve the squad, but I have to be very conscious there is a lot of good here and you don't want to remove too much of that."