Villa boss Lambert admits Norwich compo row ongoing
He hopes an agreement can be reached in his dispute with former club Norwich before it goes before a Premier League tribunal at the end of next month.
Lambert was upset when Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett made the matter public at a fans' forum and claimed he had left all of his previous clubs in a similar manner.
But in an ideal world he would like the matter resolved before it goes it goes to arbitration.
Lambert said: "Probably the sad thing is people don't really know what's been going on.
"Is it a source of sorrow it's ended up how it has? Yes, it should never have been the way it is.
"Would you hope it could get sorted amicably? You'd like to think that way. But I just let the lawyers and the LMA (League Managers' Association), who have been brilliant with it, get on with things.
"It's unfair to comment because it's in arbitration and you've got to respect that."