Former Villa boss Paul Lambert appointed manager at Blackburn

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Blackburn Rovers have named Paul Lambert the club’s newest manager.

Lambert becomes the club’s seventh manager in seven seasons after Gary Bowyer was sacked last week. Rovers currently sits 16th in the Championship.

The 46-year-old Scot managed Aston Villa in the Premier League from 2012-15, but was fired last February. At Blackburn, Lambert will be assisted by Alan Irvine, another former manager from the top flight.

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Irvine started last season in charge at West Brom, but was sacked in December just seven months into his tenure. He now returns to Blackburn, where he coached the club’s youth team from 1993-98.

Following his appointment, Lambert released a statement on Rovers’ club 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.

After a short period out of the game, I feel refreshed and I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Blackburn was a member of the original Premier League in 1992, and won the title in the 1994-95 season. They were relegated to the Championship in 2012, where they have played since.