Alan Shearer says Paul Lambert is right man for Blackburn Rovers

Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert has previously been in charge of Livingston, Wycombe, Colchester, Norwich and Aston Villa

Alan Shearer has backed the choice of Paul Lambert as Blackburn Rovers' new manager.

The Lancashire side are unbeaten in five matches since Lambert, 46, replaced Gary Bowyer at Ewood Park.

Shearer, the Premier League's all-time record goalscorer, has had a street named after him in Blackburn and believes the ex-Aston Villa boss could take Rovers back to the top flight.

"He's made a very, very good start," Shearer told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I sat with Paul in the Match of the Day studio on a Sunday before he was appointed and he was saying he was looking to get back into the game.

"I'm delighted he's been given a chance here and I hope he can get them where they want to be, which is obviously the Premier League.

"It might be too much to ask to get an automatic place but I don't see any reason why they can't get back in the play-offs."

Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton
Alan Shearer formed an impressive strike partnership with Chris Sutton at Blackburn

The former England striker, who scored 131 goals for Blackburn over four years, won the Premier League with Rovers in 1995 before moving to his hometown club Newcastle United in 1996 for a then world record fee of £15m.

He scored 34 goals as Rovers won the title in 1994-95 under Kenny Dalglish.

The 45-year-old added: "The might of Manchester United, when you consider who they are, what they are and what they had - for Blackburn to come in and spoil their party if you like was an unbelievable achievement.

"It was a great team to play in and it was set up to score goals."