Scottish Daily Mail

Black­burn an­nounce Lam­bert as new boss

- JOHN McGARRY

PAUL LAM­BERT was last night back in foot­ball man­age­ment af­ter be­ing con­firmed the new boss of Black­burn Rovers. The Ewood Park side, cur­rently sit­ting 16th in the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship, sacked Gary Bowyer on Tues­day fol­low­ing a run of one win in six league games and quickly iden­ti­fied the for­mer Celtic and Scot­land mid­fielder as their pre­ferred can­di­date. Talks went smoothly over the week­end and the 46-year-old will be for­mally un­veiled at a me­dia con­fer­ence to­day. Lam­bert will be joined by ex-Rovers player and youthteam coach Alan Irvine, who was named as his as­sis­tant. Black­burn’s for­mer head of youth coach­ing Rob Kelly and goal­keep­ing coach Lau­rence Batty will also join the Scot’s back­room team. Lam­bert, who was sacked by As­ton Villa in Fe­bru­ary, makes his re­turn to the dugout with Rovers only 11 points off the play-offs af­ter 16 games. He told the club’s of­fi­cial web­site: ‘I would like to thank the own­ers and board of direc­tors for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to man­age such a fan­tas­tic club. ‘Black­burn Rovers is a club with su­perb sup­port and fine tra­di­tions, be­ing a found­ing mem­ber of both the Foot­ball League and the Premier League. ‘I bring with me a very trusted back­room team that I be­lieve is equipped to help me cre­ate an ex­cit­ing era for the club. ‘I hope to de­liver a brand of foot­ball that will both en­ter­tain the supporters and bring suc­cess.’ A spokesman for Black­burn’s own­ers Venky’s added: ‘We are ex­tremely happy to have se­cured a man­ager with the ex­pe­ri­ence that Paul brings. ‘We are con­fi­dent that he is the right man to achieve the am­bi­tions we have for the club.’ Lam­bert’s man­age­rial ca­reer be­gan at Liv­ingston in 2005 be­fore a two-year spell at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers and a sea­son at Colch­ester United pre­ceded a spec­tac­u­lar spell at Nor­wich City where he en­joyed sen­sa­tional back-to­back pro­mo­tions. This brought him to the at­ten­tion of As­ton Villa in 2012 — where he re­placed coun­try­man Alex McLeish — and de­spite hav­ing to field a young team due to lim­ited funds, Lam­bert guided them to suc­ces­sive 15th-place fin­ishes. How­ever, time was called on his ten­ure in Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing a 2-0 loss to Hull City with the side sit­ting 18th in the ta­ble and in the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Lam­bert re­cently ad­mit­ted he had turned down sev­eral of­fers to re­turn to the game be­cause he felt they weren’t right and opted to spend his time around the train­ing grounds of some of Europe’s top clubs. His first match will be a trip to Pre­ston, who sit di­rectly be­low Black­burn in the ta­ble on Satur­day.

 ??  ?? Back in the game: Lam­bert
Back in the game: Lam­bert

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