Lambert gets seal of approval from Given
By Lorcan Stakem
Ireland and Aston Villa keeper Shay Given would welcome the appointment of Norwich boss Paul Lambert amid speculation that he is in line for the job. The 36-year-old is currently away in Italy with the Republic of Ireland squad as they prepare for the Euro 2012 finals.
Lambert, 42, has been heavily linked with the post vacated by Alex McLeish last month with Villa due to meet Lambert’s representatives today and Given admitted it could only be good news if the Scot does indeed take over at Villa Park.
He said: “If that’s the case — I have no idea, because I am stuck in Italy somewhere, about what’s going on at Aston Villa — but if Paul was to come in, he would be a great appointment because he is a fantastic manager.
“Since he took the hot-seat at any club he has been at, he has just gone all the way up all the time, so hopefully if they can get that done, that would be great news for the club. The sooner the manager is in place for next season — because he will have targets and players he will want to get in himself — the sooner that’s done, the better.”
Villa finished in a disappointing 16th place in the Premier League table last season, just two points above the relegation zone.