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Paul Lambert makes his return as the new boss of Blackburn Rovers

By Staff Reporter

Paul Lambert is back in football after replacing Gary Bowyer as manager of Blackburn.

The 46-year-old had been out of work since he was sacked by Aston Villa in February with the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

Lambert arrived at Villa Park in June 2012 with a healthy reputation after taking Norwich from League One to the Premier League in two seasons, but could only lead the Midlands club to back-to-back 15th-placed finishes.

The Scot signed a contract extension last September after a good start to the campaign but paid the price after Villa's form quickly deteriorated and included a dismal run of 659 minutes without a top-flight goal.

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Lambert, who will be presented to the media on Monday, takes control of a Blackburn outfit currently 16th in the Sky Bet Championship after winning just three of their 16 games so far.

He will be joined by ex-Rovers player and youth team coach Alan Irvine, who was yesterday named as his assistant.

Rovers are just four points above the relegation zone but it is a challenge Lambert is relishing.

"I hope to deliver a brand of football that will both entertain the supporters and bring success."

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