Paul Lambert was appointed Aston Villa back in the summer of 2012. The Scot arrived at Villa Park as one of the rising stars in the management arena after leading former club Norwich City to consecutive promotions, followed by 12th place finish in the Premier League. However, similarly to recent Villa managers, he has found life difficult at Villa, although with Roy Keane now by his side he will be hoping for vast improvement this season.
Lambert had a successful playing career and is a Champions League winner having won the competition with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. The Scot also has a host of Scottish titles and cups to his name after spending a large part of his career at Celtic. He also made 40 appearances for Scotland and appeared in the 1998 World Cup.
To date Lambert has managed four teams, including Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers, Colchester United and currently Norwich. During his time at Wycombe Lambert led the club to the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they took Premier League giants Chelsea to a replay. This was a significant achievement as it was the first time in over 30 years that a fourth tier team had reached that stage of the competition.
After running away with the League One title in his first season in charge of Norwich in 2009/10, Lambert achieved the rare feat of winning back-to-back promotions, before leading the Canaries to a creditable 12th place finish in top-flight.
Villa took charge of Villa in June 2012, with the club finishing 15th in his two seasons so far.