Aston Villa Target Paul Lambertby Jack Kitson / 31 May 2012, 09:59Tweet
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert has been installed as Aston Villa’s number one candidate in their search for a replacement for Alex McLeish. Bookmakers' have reacted to the news that Lambert reportedly quit the Canaries on Wednesday night by making the Scot the odds-on favourite in the Next Aston Villa Manager Betting. Lambert’s representatives are now set to meet with Villa officials today and, if successful, it will surely only be a matter of time until he is unveiled as their new manager.
Lambert has attracted deserved attention following successive promotions with Norwich from League One up to the Premier League. Last season he guided Norwich to an impressive 12th place in their first campaign back in the top flight, which was nine points above Villa. In recent weeks reports have emerged that Lambert’s relationship with the club has become strained after he was told that he would not be handed the funds he wanted to bolster his squad.
Meanwhile Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton has emerged as the early favourite in the Next Norwich City Manager Odds. Hughton is currently being linked with the West Brom vacancy but the Baggies are believed to be put off by the £2.5million that their Midlands rivals are demanding in compensation. Brighton manager Gus Poyet is also attracting attention, with the out of work Alan Curbishley and Norwich’s assistant manager Ian Culverhouse being touted as possible replacements.