Aston Villa appoint Paul Lambert from Norwich City as new boss
Aston Villa have confirmed that Norwich boss Paul Lambert is their new manager.
The 42-year-old succeeds his fellow Scot Alex McLeish, who was sacked the day after the final game of the season.
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.
Comment :I think Paul Lambert is clearly one of the brightest young managers in the country and his work at Norwich was hugely impressive. Now his task is to revive a Villa squad that has gone backwards since the departure of Martin O'Neill two years ago. The next Norwich City manager will have a great squad of players, a robust and competitive budget and excellent facilities to work with - as well as the superb backing home and away of fantastic supporters . He will now have the task of reviving Villa's fortunes after a disappointing campaign for the West Midlands club which saw them finish only two points above the relegation zone. He is expected to be given money to spend after McLeish spent last season reducing what he described as an "astronomical" wage bill. It is expected that he will be able to reinvest any money he generates from the sale of current Villa players.