Posted June 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
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 can be as successful with us as he has with his previous teams.'' Bannan hopes Lambert's appointment will inject fresh impetus into Villa where McLeish lasted just one season. ''Obviously last season wasn't the best for a team as big as us,'' Bannan said. ''We should have been way higher up the league and I think they see Lambert as an up-and-coming manager that is doing really well, so it is going to be a massive lift for everyone, the fans and the players as well. ''It is a fresh start for everyone again and hopefully in pre-season everyone is going to have a chance to prove their worth to the club.'' Before appointing Lambert, Villa also held talks with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but he opted to stay at Molde in Norway for family reasons.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ex-NFLer Jonathan Martin prompts high school closing with disturbing photo

Siemian downplays Broncos players pining for Cousins

FBI documents show widespread payments to top college, high school players

Legal expert: 'Real chance NBA could come down hard' on Mavs

Report: Chiefs, Rams agree to trade for Marcus Peters

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Source: Dan Gilbert won't do 'what it takes to keep' LeBron

Kyrie Irving on forcing trade to Celtics: ‘I’m glad I took a chance’

Report: Bennett wants to keep playing, could return to Pats

Jameis Winston cited for careless driving after ‘minor collision’

Steelers GM pays tribute to standing Ryan Shazier at awards banquet

Paul Heyman says Brock Lesnar could still return to UFC

The 'Let’s play QB roulette' quiz

NHL Weekender: Playoff races heat up as trade deadline looms

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

Ten NFL players who could be traded before draft

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

The greatest barrier-breaking African-American moments in MLB history

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

25 best MLB players under 25

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

The 'Kawhi so serious?' quiz

CFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Let’s play QB roulette' quiz

NHL Weekender: Playoff races heat up as trade deadline looms

No one wants to jump with Dennis Smith Jr.

The 'Kawhi so serious?' quiz

Top MLB Cy Young candidates heading into 2018

25 best MLB players under 25

The 'Red Sox finally get their guy' quiz

MLB's top 10 first basemen for 2018

Faltering Blackhawks face tough decisions at deadline

Offseason needs for every NFL team

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker