Paul Lambert hopes Aston Villa can excite supporters

New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has pledged to excite the club's supporters with his team's performances.

"I'll give it everything I've got to make sure we are as successful as we can be," said the 42-year-old.

"We have to get the fans excited. We will need them to stay with us and I am sure they will."

The former Norwich boss succeeds fellow Scot Alex McLeish, who was sacked after Villa finished only two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

Lambert, who was presented to the media at a news conference on Wednesday, revealed he had spoken to ex-Villa boss Martin O'Neill before taking over.

Lambert's record as a manager

  • Livingston (June 2005-February 2006): Played 32, won five, drew seven, lost 20
  • Wycombe (June 2006-May 2008): Played 108, won 44, drew 29, lost 35
  • Colchester (October 2008-August 2009): Played 44, won 20, drew 7, lost 17
  • Norwich (August 2009-June 2012): Played 142, won 70, drew 35, lost 37

"He was brilliant about it. He was really really complimentary about it," said Lambert.

Many Villa fans opposed the appointment of McLeish, who joined from West Midlands rivals Birmingham, and were angry at the team's performances as they finished 16th in the table.

"There is a lot of expectancy at the club and it is not something I'm going to shy away from," said Lambert. "It's something I will thrive on, hopefully.

"We will try to get results as quickly and as best as we can. We have to play football the right way.

"We have to give them [the fans] something. We will need them - I think they will come in their thousands to watch us and it is up to us to give them something back."

Lambert, who is Villa's fourth boss in less than two years, spent three years at Norwich and guided the Canaries to back-to-back promotions from League One before finishing 12th in last season's Premier League.

"I will always be proud of what we have done as a group - it is a part of my life that will stay with me and I will never forget it. I have nothing but praise for Norwich. The fanbase was always pivotal to what happened," he said.

Recent Aston Villa managers (and league positions)

  • Paul Lambert - June 2012
  • Alex McLeish - June 2011-May 2012 (16th)
  • Gerard Houllier - September 2010 - June 2011 (9th)
  • Martin O'Neill - August 2006-August 2010 (11th, 6th, 6th, 6th)

"I had my reasons [for leaving], which will probably remain private and I don't want to keep going back to that."

McLeish was dismissed the day after the final match of the season, and former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Villa about the vacancy before deciding to stay as coach at Norwegian side Molde.

But Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner insisted the club are delighted to have recruited Lambert.

"Paul's track record speaks for itself. We were very clear from the start the type of manager we wanted. We wanted somebody young to bring the vibrancy back to the club," said Faulkner.

"When we were able to meet with Paul, it was totally clear he was the right man for Aston Villa.

"We've got to freshen up the squad. It's about making sure we are up there challenging in the top half of the table."

Lambert said he would bring new players in, but had not thought about whether unsettled Norwich captain Grant Holt would be one of them.