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Paul Lambert confirmed as Villa manager

Former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is confirmed as the new boss at Aston Villa Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Aston Villa have confirmed former Norwich boss Paul Lambert as their new manager.

Lambert tendered his resignation to the Canaries on Thursday amid reports Villa had made an official approach for his services.

His resignation was not accepted but an agreement has now been reached for the Scot to make the switch to the West Midlands.

A brief statement on Villa's website today read: "The board of Aston Villa are delighted to confirm that Paul Lambert has been appointed Villa manager."

Paul Lambert address the crowd at Carrow Road after the Adam Drury testimonial in May. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Norwich City Football Club have issued a statement about the departure of manager Paul Lambert to Aston Villa. They say contrary to some reports no compensation deal has so far been secured with Villa. The club says it has been "inundated" with interest for the vacant job.

"We would once again like to place on record our sincere gratitude to Paul for everything he has done for the Club - everybody at Carrow Road wishes him all the best for the future.Some media reports are suggesting we have agreed compensation for Paul's services with Aston Villa, however this is not the case. We will continue to discuss this matter privately with Aston Villa.

Meanwhile the search for the next Norwich City manager is already actively underway and the Club has been inundated with applications for and interest in the job of leading this great Club."

– Norwich City Football Club

The club also said 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 our fantastic supporters."

Paul Lambert factfile

  • 1969 - born in Glasgow in August
  • 1980 - career starts at Linwood Rangers Boys' Club
  • 1985 - joins Scottish Premier League side St Mirren and makes 227 appearances
  • 1993 - joins Motherwell
  • 1996 - joins German club Borussia Dortmund
  • 1997 - returns to Scotland to join Celtic for a fee in the region of £2 million
  • 2005 - retires from playing and begins his managerial career at Livingston
  • 2006 - appointed manager of Wycombe
  • 2008 - becomes manager of League One Colchester United
  • 2009 - leaves Colchester and replaces Bryan Gunn as Norwich manager having opened the season with a 7-1 win over the Canaries
  • 2010 - leads Norwich to the League One title and promotion to the Championship
  • 2011 - Norwich are promoted to the Premier League after finishing second in the Championship after QPR
  • 2012 - Norwich finish 12th in the Premier League

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