Aston Villa hires Lambert as new manager

Aston Villa has hired Paul Lambert as its manager, luring him

from Premier League rival Norwich.

Lambert has been appointed by American owner Randy Lerner to

replace Alex McLeish, who was fired last month after Villa narrowly

avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Lambert had been at Norwich for two years and steered the club

back into the top tier of English soccer. Norwich finished 12th

last month, four places higher than Villa.