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Relegation-bound Aston Villa sack manager Lambert

Paul Lambert has been sacked as Aston Villa Manager

Aston Villa have sacked manager Paul Lambert after the club dropped into the Premier League relegation zone.

Villa lost 2-0 to fellow strugglers Hull City on Tuesday, their 10th league game without a win.

The 45-year-old Scot, who was appointed in 2012, signed a contract extension through until June 2018 on 17 September.

First-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall have taken caretaker charge.

Fans called for Lambert’s sacking during the game against Hull. Local newspaper, the Birmingham Mail, tweeted a picture of its front page saying that ‘Lambert Must Go’ with the accompanying hashtag, #lambertout.

Following the Hull game, Lambert said: “I was aware of [the discontent] months ago. I’ve told the players they’ve got 13 cup finals.”

Chief executive Tom Fox had defended Lambert and vowed to keep him as manager.

He told BBC sport: “When things aren’t going well, fans bay for that type of blood,” Fox said. “That’s not the way that I or the owner are going to make a decision. It’s a false narrative.”

But on Wednesday, Villa released a statement confirming the manager’s exit.

“Aston Villa Football Club has parted company this evening with manager Paul Lambert,” it read.

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