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Wednesday 06 June 2012

Lambert vows to bring good times back to Villa

Manager aiming to ignite passion of fans after taking over as new manager at Villa Park

Paul Lambert (left) takes over as manager after a successful spell as Norwich boss

Aston Villa's new manager Paul Lambert said he would try to bring back the good times after taking charge of the club.

Lambert has been appointed as manager of the Barclays Premier League side after Alex McLeish's exit at the end of the season.

Villa endured a disappointing 2011/12 season, finishing 16th in the table and just two points above the relegation zone.

At his first press conference, Lambert said: "Villa are one of the big clubs in the history of English football and this is a great challenge - one I am genuinely enthused to embrace.

"One of my first objectives will be to get the crowd going and to restore the good feeling"
- Paul Lambert

"Any club that has won a European Cup, seven English league titles and the FA Cup seven times is going to retain a certain status and that is not something to shy away from."

Lambert joins Villa after three successful years with Norwich City, where he guided them from League One to 12th place in the Barclays Premier League last season.

The former Scotland international midfielder said he hoped the fans would play their part in helping to turn around Villa's fortunes.

"With the help of the players and the fans I will do my very best to drive the club on," he added.

"One of my first objectives will be to get the crowd going and to restore the good feeling back to the players so that they, in turn, can excite and ignite the passion and energy of our supporters."

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Key Points

  • Lambert aims to bring back good times in first press conference with club
  • Manager wants fans to play their part in turning around Villa's fortunes
  • Says Villa are one of the big clubs in English football