'Finally' - former Aston Villa favourite tweets on Lambert's departure

Former claret and blue star Lee Hendrie was more than relieved to see Paul Lambert's reign as Aston Villa manager come to an end.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie reacted in the same vein as most fans upon hearing news of Paul Lambert’s sacking, taking to Twitter to express his relief at the chance of a fresh start for the club.

Arriving from Norwich in June 2012 to replace fellow Scot Alex McLeish, Lambert guided Villa to disappointing 15th-place finishes in his first two seasons in charge, but an impressive start to this campaign saw him rewarded with a contract extension until 2018 following a 1-0 win at Liverpool.

The club’s form since, however, has been nothing short of disastrous, with just two wins in 21 Premier League games, including an 11-hour goal drought which ended in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss at fellow strugglers Hull saw them drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season, with a section of the 1,400 travelling fans holding up a banner during the match that read: ‘Lambert Out’.

Villa chiefs had showed great restraint in backing the beleaguered boss amid the growing unrest but, with the club winless in 10 and on course to be the Premier League’s lowest-ever scorers after just 12 goals in 25 matches, the supporters had to be granted their wish.

With attention now turning to Lambert’s successor, Hendrie, who made 308 total appearances for his Villa between 1995 and 2006, also went on to give his thoughts on what the new man needs to bring to his childhood club.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has been instilled as the immediate favourite, with US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann a close second, although the ex-England international has stressed that he’d like to see someone “experienced” get the job.

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