Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/2/14
Paul Lambert was hired to manage Aston Villa on Saturday after being lured acrimoniously from Premier League rival Norwich. Lambert was appointed by American owner Randy Lerner to replace Alex McLeish, who was fired last month after Villa narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League. Lambert tendered his resignation to Norwich on Thursday, but it was not initially accepted. The 42-year-old Lambert had been at Norwich for two years and steered the east England side back into top flight where it finished 12th last month, four places higher than Villa. Lambert, a former Scotland and Celtic midfielder, started his managerial career at Livingston before moving to England, where he worked his way through the lower leagues with Wycombe and Colchester before transforming Norwich's fortunes. ''He has done very well with Norwich and the clubs he was at before then,'' Villa midfielder Barry Bannan told Sky Sports television. ''He has a good record up until now so hopefully ... he c...
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