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Managerial merry-go-round keeps spinning as Paul Lambert takes over at Aston Villa

Managerial merry-go-round keeps spinning as Paul Lambert takes over at Aston Villa


The Scot officially left Norwich City on Saturday to become the second new boss in June, following the appointment of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool on Friday

By Jamie Dunn

He had an offer of resignation rejected earlier this week, but Norwich City eventually gave up and allowed Paul Lambert to make the move to Aston Villa on Saturday.

The month is barely two days old, but Lambert is not even the first managerial change since June began, let alone since the end of the Premier League season.

This, of course, is nothing new in football, and especially not in England's top flight. In just under two years, several bosses have come and gone in the Premier League.

2010 - ADIOS, RAFA

: Former caretaker Chelsea boss Avram Grant leaves Portsmouthas the south coast club are relegated to the Championship and lose the FA Cup final to his former employers.

Meanwhile, Gianfranco Zola is sacked by West Ham, with Grant taking over at Upton Park just a few days later.

JUNE: Following a seventh-place finish in the league, Rafael Benitez says an emotional farewell to Liverpool. After a short search headed by Christian Purslow and Kenny Dalglish, Roy Hodgson takes over the following month.

Following their relegation, Hull City officially part ways with Phil Brown - who had been placed on 'gardening leave' earlier in the year - and replace him with 'Temporary Football Consultant' Iain Dowie, who could not keep the club in the Premier League.

JULY: Following Hodgson's departure for Anfield, Mark Hughes takes over at Fulham, having been out of work since his sacking at Manchester City the previous year.

AUGUST: Just five days before the new season starts, Martin O'Neill shockingly quits Aston Villa, leaving Kevin MacDonald to take temporary charge.

SEPTEMBER: Villa waste no time in finding a replacement for O'Neill, as former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier takes over at the Midlands outfit.

DECEMBER: The Venky's Group, the new owners of Blackburn Rovers, make the decision to sack Sam Allardyce, despite the club's relatively comfortable placing in the Premier League. Steve Kean, a coach at Ewood Park, is put in charge.

Despite guiding Newcastle United back to the Premier League, Chris Hughton is sacked in the same month, much to the disappointment of the club's supporters. Alan Pardew is announced as the new boss at St James' Park.


JANUARY: A disappointing start to life on Merseyside costs Roy Hodgson his job, and Kenny Dalglish is placed in charge by Fenway Sports Group with immediate effect.

FEBRUARY: Hodgson is not out of work for long, however, as he takes over at West Brom following the surprise dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo, with the newly-promoted Baggies suffering a dip in form but sitting
in a mid-table position.

MAY: A trophyless season spells the end of a short and otherwise successful stint at Chelsea for league title winner Carlo Ancelotti.

West Ham also part company with their manager, as Avram Grant exits the club as the Hammers are relegated.

JUNE: After catching the eye with a formidable record in Portugal and a Europa League victory for Porto, the highly-rated and young tactician Andre Villas-Boas arrives at Stamford Bridge.

Elsewhere, Mark Hughes resigns at Fulham amid rumours he is set to take over at Aston Villa, as Gerard Houllier is forced to leave the club due to health reasons. Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish makes the short trip to Villa Park and takes over.

Meanwhile, Martin Jol becomes the new boss at Craven Cottage,

NOVEMBER: The first casualty of the 2011-12 season is Steve Bruce, who is sacked by Sunderland following a disappointing run of just two wins in 13 games.

DECEMBER: The following month, Martin O'Neill becomes the manager at the Stadium of Light and records a 2-1 win over Blackburn in his first game.


FEBRUARY: As Wolves begin to look cut adrift at the foot of the table, Mick McCarthy is sacked and following a fruitless search for a new manager, an internal appointment is made in the form of Terry Connor.

MARCH: On the verge of exiting the Champions League and looking increasingly likely to miss out on a place in the top four, Andre Villas-Boas' time at Chelsea is short-lived and the Portuguese is sacked, with Roberto Di Matteo taking over until the end of the season.

MAY: Three managerial changes are made at the close of the season. Kenny Dalglish is sacked by FSG following a poor finish in the Premier League for Liverpool, while Roy Hodgson leaves West Brom and takes charge of England ahead of Euro 2012.

Alex McLeish is also sacked by Aston Villa after the club flirts with relegation towards the end of the season, with fans disappointed by the football on display throughout the campaign.

After failing to save the club from relegation to the Championship, Terry Connor loses his job and Stale Solbakken is named new Wolves boss.

JUNE: Roberto Martinez is among the candidates to take over at Anfield, but Brendan Rodgers leaves Swansea City and becomes new Liverpool boss.

After a short wrangle over an offer of resignation with Norwich City, Paul Lambert is named Aston Villa manager.
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