Aston Villa target Lambert as boss

Aston Villa have made Norwich’s Paul Lambert their number one choice to fill the club’s vacant managerial position, according to Sky Sports.

The Birmingham-based side are looking for a new head coach after Alex McLeish was sacked at the end of the 2011-12 season, with Roberto Martinez and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having been approached but now out of the running.

Scottish trainer Lambert has worked wonders at the Canaries, ensuring back-to-back promotions for the Carrow Road club up to the Premier League.

Norwich excelled in their first campaign back in the top flight, finishing 12th and claiming excellent results against the so-called bigger sides.

Villa have taken notice of Lambert’s achievements, and are set to make an approach for the Scot in forthcoming days.

By Gareth McKnight