Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been sacked by the club after a 10-match win-less streak following their 2-0 loss to Hull City on Tuesday, according to reports from the Guardian.
Lambert had an impressive first season in the Premier League with Norwich before being appointed Villa boss in the summer of 2012, replacing Alex McLeish at the helm.
The Scot had no indication that he would part with the club even with their run of poor results, but an official statement from Villa confirmed that Lambert has been relieved of his position.
“Aston Villa Football Club has parted company this evening with manager Paul Lambert,” it read. “First-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall will continue to prepare the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Leicester City at Villa Park.
“The club would also like to place on record its thanks to Paul and take this opportunity to wish him every success in the future. The club will announce a new manager in due course. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage.”
Villa’s first-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall will be in charge for the time being, until the Midlands club find an adequate replacement.
At the beginning of the season Lambert’s side were temporarily at the top of the table after winning three of their first four games, resulting in a new contract for the manager.
However since then, Lambert could only win two of the following 21 matches, which included an embarrassing run of 659 minutes without a goal until last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
Now Aston Villa dropped into the relegation zone for the first team this season, and will need to drastically change their fortunes if they are to survive the drop.