Welcome back, Paul Lambert: A decade in the dugout has aged new Wolves boss
Paul Lambert was today introduced as the new head coach at Wolves, with the club making a clear distinction between coaching and managing.
The 47-year-old Scot has had a mixed record in management but two outstanding periods at Colchester United and Norwich City have earned him the trust of the Wolves board.
Lambert is most recently remembered as visibly ageing while fire fighting at Aston Villa, with that job coming to a halt with a parting of the ways that seemed to suit all concerned with Tim Sherwood handed the baton of saving Villa from the drop.
As a player, Lambert never surfaced in England but did achieve the rare accolade of being a Brit abroad that lifted the Champions League trophy.
In 1996, with the advent of the Bosman ruling, Lambert caught they eye of Ottmar Hitzfeld at exactly the right time. Within a year of leaving Motherwell he was picking up a Champions League winners medal as Borussia Dortmund beat Juventus 3-1 in the final after seeing off Manchester United in the previous round.
To say that that season was life changing is an understatement. Being repositioned as a holding midfielder, Lambert’s eyes were opened to the tactical side of the game in a way he’d never have imagined.
The Dortmund days came to a halt when his homesick wife dictated a return to Scotland where Celtic boss Wim Jansen used his know-how to end Rangers’ nine year monopoly of the title.
After varying spells in management, Wolves offers Lambert a fantastic challenge – the chance to build on his early glory days and erase the memories from Villa Park.
So here’s a look at Lambert’s managerial career to date…