Lambert becomes new boss of Aston Villa after resigning from Norwich job



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor 



Lambert spent three successful seasons with Norwich City finishing 1st in League One, 2nd in the Championship and 12th in the Premier League 

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner have confirmed that Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has taken over as manager at Villa Park. 

The 42-year-old succeeds his fellow Scotsman Alex McLeish, who was sacked the day after the final Premier League game of the season ironically against Norwich at Carrow Road. Lambert, who becomes Villa's fourth boss in less than two years, guided the Canaries to back-to-back promotions from League One before finishing 12th in last season's Premier League. An Aston Villa statement on the club's official website: "The board are delighted to confirm that Paul Lambert has been appointed manager."

The former Livingston, Wycombe and Colchester boss offered his resignation to the Carrow Road board on Friday amid speculation regarding the vacancy at the West Midlands club although this was initially rejected by Norwich. 

    In a short statement released on Saturday, it read that they were in deep discussions with Aston Villa about compensation for Lambert and denied reports that a figure had been agreed saying that the matter will continue to be digressed on a private and professional manner. It also briefly mentioned that the next manager of the club will inherit a fantastic squad, work with excellent facilities and have a competitive budget to operate in the transfer market. 

Chief executive David McNally had previously stated that he was ready to fight in order to keep Lambert at the club.

   Norwich striker Grant Holt, whose future at Carrow Road remains uncertain, wrote on Twitter after the announcement of Lambert's departure saying: "Good luck to the gaffer. He will be sadly missed at Norwich. Enjoyed every minute of his three years."

Lambert, who enjoyed long spells during his playing career at Celtic and Borussia Dortmund, moved to Carrow Road in August 2009 one game into the season when the Canaries had been relegated to the third tier of English football after guiding Colchester to a 7-1 victory over Norwich on the opening day. He will now be tasked with reviving the fortunes of the West Midlands club after a disappointing term which saw them finish only two points above the relegation zone in 16th position- having won only four home matches and seven in total all campaign.

It is expected that he will be able to reinvest any money he generates from the sale of current Villa players. McLeish departed Villa on 14th May after only eleven months in charge at the club having left rivals Birmingham which angered many supporters. Owner Randy Lerner also held talks with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he opted to stay at Molde in Norway for family reasons. While Aston Villa also spoke with Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez although he rejected the chance to replace Gerard Houllier twelve months ago.

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