Paul Lambert was appointed Aston Villa back in the summer of 2012. The Scot is one of the rising stars in the management arena after leading former club Norwich City to consecutive promotions and then a 12th place finish in the Premier League. However, similar to recent Villa managers he has found life difficult at Villa Park, finishing 15th last season.
Lambert ahd 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 after Norwich finished as runners-up to QPR last season.
In their first season back in the Premier League Lambert led Norwich to a creditable 12th place.
Lambert will most likely be given time at Villa although it is worth remembering that both Gérard Houllier and Alex McLeish were sacked after just one season in charge. The club have endured a couple of miserable years but there is a real hope that Lambert can work his wonders and get them back to winning ways.