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The 42-year-old is keen for the crowd to become an integral part of his plans to reinvigorate the club's performances this season following waning attendances last term

Newly-appointed Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has sent an open letter to fans outlining his intentions for the club.

The former Norwich City manager is looking to regain optimism among supporters after a dismal 2011-12 campaign saw attendances wane, adding that the crowd will have to back the team if he is to get the best out of them.

Villa fans vented their frustrations against Alex McLeish and his style of football in protests and boycotting games as their team slumped to 16th-place finish.

The open letter read: "An integral part of what I want to do here is to get the crowd going and to make Villa Park a vibrant, intimidating and exciting environment.

"If we work hard and get the place going, I believe we can make this club as successful as we all want it to be.

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"I am not daunted by it, I'm determined to embrace it and, as a club, this must be our attitude going forward.”

The 42-year-old has already made his mark on the club with the signings of Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi and Matthew Lowton, while Lambert has moved the dugouts to the Holte End in order to be closer to the home fans.

Lambert has acknowledged the size of the challenge he has taken on, but is confident the current positive mood around the club can kick-start their season.

Lambert continued: "From my first few weeks here, I get the sense there is a really good feeling around the club and it is this kind of positive mood that we want to carry into the season and then throughout the campaign.

"As soon as you walk in the door you know you're at a big club and this challenge is one I am really looking forward to taking on.”