I was absolutely delighted when I was sacked as Aston Villa manager – I couldn’t wait to get out

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admitted he was delighted when the club sacked him in 2015.

Lambert spent two-and-a-half seasons at Villa Park from 2012 to 2015, which came at the end of Randy Lerner’s ownership of the club. Throughout his time with Villa, Lambert says he was working on a shoestring budget as Lerner was looking to sell the club.

After keeping Villa in the Premier League with two 15th place finishes in two seasons, the former Norwich City manager was sacked and replaced by Tim Sherwood after a 2-0 defeat to Hull City. While most managers are disappointed when they are sacked, Lambert admitted he breathed a sigh of relief.

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Speaking on the Under the Cosh podcast, Lambert said: “It’s funny, I remember talking to (former Everton and Rangers manager) Walter Smith.

“I met him at St. George’s Park and I was sacked by Aston Villa. He said, “Paul, you’ve got a minute,” and I said, “yes.” He said to me: “How did you feel when you arrived. sacked by Aston Villa? I said, “Well, I was bloody excited to go over the moon.”

Lambert joined Villa in the summer of 2012 after a successful three-year spell in charge of Norwich. The Champions League winner claimed he was given limited transfer resources from the moment he arrived.