Aston Villa in 'much healthier' position than when I arrived, says Lambert

Paul Lambert believes he left Aston Villa in a better position than when he arrived.

Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has told the BBC's Football Focus that he has nothing bad to say about the club despite being sacked last month, with the Birmingham Mail reporting his quotes.

Lambert, 45, was appointed Villa manager back in the summer of 2012 after impressing as Norwich City boss, replacing Alex McLeish at Villa Park.

Despite his exploits at Carrow Road, Lambert struggled with Villa, winning just 34 of his 115 games in charge before leaving in February after a 2-0 defeat to Hull City.

The Scot was largely unpopular at Villa Park, given that his side struggled to score goals, and he left having finished 15th in both of his full seasons at the club.

Speaking to Football Focus, Lambert believes that he left the club in a 'much healthier' position than when he arrived, whilst also admitting that he may have done some things different if he had he chance again.

"I don't have any bad things (to say) about Aston Villa," said Lambert. "It's a brilliant football club as everybody kows. I came in at a really tough time and obviously when the financial reports came out the losses are way down now. From my point of view the club's in a much healthier position than when I first went in there."

"It's a great club, great people I've left behind, good people I've left behind. There's times when you look back when you think maybe I should have done that better or different, but I've got nothing but good things about the club," he added.

Lambert is now out of work since leaving Villa, but recently visited former club Borussia Dortmund to take in training sessions alongside manager Jurgen Klopp.

It may be a while before Lambert returns to management given the way his Villa stint ended, but he must hope that teams focus on his record at Norwich instead.

For Villa, new manager Tim Sherwood has given the club an injection of life that simply wasn't there under Lambert's reign.

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