Aston Villa hires Lambert as new manager



BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — 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.