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Published: 10:05 | 20/2/16

Lambert 'delighted' by Villa axe


Paul Lambert says he was "delighted" when his three-year tenure as Aston Villa manager ended in the sack.

The Scot replaced Alex McLeish as Villa boss in June 2012 after an impressive spell at Norwich City, but never really convinced in the Villa Park hot-seat, and was replaced by Tim Sherwood in February 2015.

Lambert, who says he offered his resignation to owner Randy Lerner in the summer of 2014, believes the players were still committed right to the end, but felt that he personally had no more to offer the club.

"The lads at Villa at that time gave us everything, there was never one time where I walked away and thought we had thrown the towel in," Lambert told Sky's Soccer Saturday programme.

"We just found things hard towards the end. As I've said before, Villa is a great club, always has been and always will be, but I knew my time was up.

"Some of the things that were going on were never right so when it [the sacking] did actually happen, I was delighted it was going to happen."

The 46-year-old, who took nine months out of management to study overseas coaching methods following his Villa sacking, is now back in the game at Blackburn after signing a two-and-a-half year deal at Ewood Park in November.

"At Blackburn I made a conscious decision not to go down the route I did when I was at Aston Villa," he added.

"There were things I definitely learned from my time there, things that I had to take that I wouldn't take now, things inside."

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