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Paul Lambert sacked as Aston Villa manager

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Paul Lambert has been relieved of his duties as Aston Villa manager with immediate effect.

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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been sacked. After it looked like he would be staying for the foreseeable future, the club decided to pull the trigger on the manager. Yesterday's 2-0 loss to Hull City may have been the tipping point, but since Lambert penned a new four-year contract in September, the Villans have had the worst record in the league.

The board may have felt that the situation was past the point of no return with the fans, as the Lambert Out protests continued to grow. Now that Villa have slipped into the relegation zone, it has become more dire and the change has been made.

According to a statement made on the official site, first-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall will prepare the team for the FA Cup match against Leicester City on Saturday, and the club will name a new manager in due course. It probably won't be very long, but we may have to wait until next week to find out who the new boss will be.

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