The Birmingham-based side have been looking for a new boss since the dismissal of Alex McLeish at the end of the 2011-12 season, and the Scot is delighted to have joined the Villa Park outfit.
“I’m honoured to be manager of the football club. I’ll give it everything I’ve got to try and make it as successful as I can and the fanbase is huge,” he stated at a press conference, covered by Sky Sports.
I’m delighted to be here. I can’t wait to get going if truth be told. It’s a huge club. I’m exciting by it.
“It’s something I need to embrace more than anybody – the history it’s got and the tradition.
“It’s already won the European Cup which speaks volumes for itself. It’s won titles and it’s got everything going for it
“My job is to try and drive it on and that’s what I’ll try and do,” he revealed.
Part of the reason that Villa fan did not take to former boss McLeish was due to negative tactics, and Lambert has admitted that entertaining the supporters and attacking is a must.
“We have to. I think that goes without saying. You’ve got to give them something. The players need them and I’ll certainly need them.
“We’ll need them because a football club needs the fans to drive it on and if we do that we’ll be totally fine.
“There’s a lot of expectancy at the club and it’s not something I’m going to shy away from, it’s something I’m going to thrive on hopefully.
“We have to try and play football the right way that I think for this football club. If we can do that, and we can win more games than not, then the crowd will certainly go with us,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight