Lambert 'honoured' to be new Aston Villa boss

The former Norwich City manager spoke of his delight at being appointed at Villa Park but insists a move for Canaries skipper Grant Holt has not been in his thoughts
Paul Lambert has admitted it is an "honour" to have been appointed Aston Villa manager.

The former Norwich City boss was unveiled to the press on Wednesday, insisting he was raring to go in his new job and would thrive on the pressure that comes with the position.

Lambert told reporters, "I can’t wait to get into it and see what’s going to happen but I’m honoured to be manager of this football club and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got to try and make it as successful as I can.

"There’s a lot of expectancy on me which isn’t something that I’m going to shy away from. It’s something I’m going to thrive on. There’s pressure to go and get results and that’s what I’ll try and do – to try and get results as quickly as I possibly can.

"We have to try and play football the right way which I think will be right for this football club and if we can do that, then we can win more games than not. We have to give them something.

However, the new boss at Villa Park, was quick to pay tribute to his former club Norwich, stating what a magnificent three years he had had at Carrow Road.

He continued: "I had three unbelievable years, and as I said before, absolutely loved my time there - really, really loved it.
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"I'll always be proud of what we've done as a group in the three years I've been there. It's a part of my life that will always stay with me. I'll never forget it because it was a terrific time, so I've got nothing but praise for Norwich, I really have, it's a fantastic club.

Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner also stressed that the Scot was right at the top of the club’s managerial shortlist.

He explained: "I think Paul’s track record speaks for itself. We were very clear from the start of the type of manager that we wanted to bring in; someone who was young and was going to bring some vibrancy back to the club.

"When we met with Paul, we were totally clear that he was the right man for Aston Villa and that’s why we’re thrilled and delighted to have him here. Paul was right at the top of the list."

Faulkner insisted there would be transfer money available for Lambert and hoped the club’s dealings would be completed early in the summer.

"We’ve already had some conversations and we know we have to work with Paul to freshen up the squad," Faulkner added.

"We had a poor, disappointing season last year and that’s why I think we have to get to work, early in the summer and try to bring people in."

Lambert stated there were players he had in mind about bringing to Villa Park, although was candid over rumours that Grant Holt would be following him to Villa Park from Norwich.

He said: "I honestly haven’t given [Holt] one thought, but I’ve had a good chat with Paul [Faulkner] and the chairman and there’s lads that I’d like to bring to the football club and we’ll see if we can get them in and bring everyone together."