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Paul Lambert: In profile

15 November 2015

His career in detail - Blackburn Rovers' new manager Paul Lambert

New Rovers manager Paul Lambert boasts an impressive CV, having achieved substantial success both on and off the pitch. 

Glasgow-born Lambert had an illustrious 20-year playing career, winning a host of accolades and honours.

The 46-year-old represented Scotland on 40 occasions, won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund and numerous titles with Celtic.

Aside from his one year in Germany, where he gained his UEFA Pro Licence, Lambert spent his entire career in his native Scotland.

Starting out at St Mirren, a 17-year-old Lambert won his first senior winner's medal courtesy of the 1987 Scottish Cup final, in which Saints defeated Dundee United.

Tommy McLean's Motherwell then splashed out £250,000 to secure Lambert’s services in 1993.

After a third-place finish in the 1993-94 Scottish Premier League season, new boss Alex McLeish went one better as his side finished league runners-up the following year.

It was a performance in the UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund that led to Lambert's next move.

Despite being knocked out by Ottmar Hitzfeld's men, Lambert impressed and signed for the German giants in 1996.

The holding midfielder then played a key role in their Champions League final victory over Juventus a year later. His cross set up Karl-Heinz Riedle's opener in the 3-1 win, whilst his performance shackling the great Zinedine Zidane was also praised.

In doing so, he also became the first British player to land Europe's top prize with a foreign club.

After joining Celtic for £2m in November 1997, Lambert won four SPL titles, four domestic cups, as well as captaining the side to the final of the UEFA Cup against Porto.

He was also crowned Scottish Football Writer's Player of the Year in 2002.

A born leader, a move into management duly followed, with Lambert landing his first job with Livingston in June 2005.

His reputation north of the border hadn’t gone unnoticed and League Two outfit Wycombe Wanderers came calling in the summer of 2006. 

The standout moment arrived in his first season, as Lambert led Wycombe to the semi-finals of the League Cup – the first time a fourth tier team had reached the last four of the competition in over 30 years.

Wycombe defeated then Premier League sides Charlton Athletic and Fulham before holding champions Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Adams Park in the first leg. Lambert left the club in May 2008, having guided the Chairboys to the League Two play-offs.

He returned to management as boss of Colchester United five months later, stabilising the team in League One following their relegation from the Championship.

Colchester began the 2009-10 season with a stunning 7-1 win over Norwich City and just 10 days later, Lambert was confirmed as Norwich’s new manager.

The Scot enjoyed a hugely successful spell with the Canaries, guiding the club to back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League.

Lambert's achievements were recognised by his peers, as he was named Championship Manager of the Year in 2011.

In Norwich's first season back in the top flight, Lambert led the Canaries to a 12th-place finish and it would prove to be a fine final act, as he was appointed Aston Villa’s new manager in June 2012.

In his first season at Villa Park, Lambert led the club to the semi-finals of the League Cup and a 15th-place Premier League finish.

He left the club in February and following a short break from the game, becomes the 39th manager in Rovers’ 140-year history.

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