Bannan welcomes Lambert move

Villa ace hopeful fellow Scot would be a success

Bannan backing Lambert

Barry Bannan: Backing Villa's move for Norwich boss Paul Lambert

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Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan would welcome the appointment of Paul Lambert as the club's new manager.

Lambert's representatives are in talks with Villa officials about a possible move to succeed Alex McLeish.

Norwich and Villa are trying to thrash out a compensation deal, with the Canaries rejecting Lambert's resignation earlier this week.

Scotland international Bannan believes Lambert's managerial history would make him an ideal candidate to take over at Villa.

"If it is him, then that will be good," Bannan told Sky Sports News.

"He has done very well with Norwich and the clubs he was at before then. He has a good record up until now so hopefully, if it is Lambert, he can be as successful with us as he has with his previous teams."

Fresh impetus

Villa finished last season 16th in the Premier League as Alex McLeish was sacked after just one season, but Bannan is hoping Lambert's potential appointment would inject fresh impetus into the club.

"Obviously last season wasn't the best for a team as big as us," added Bannan.

"We should have been way higher up the league and I think they see Lambert as an up-and-coming manager that is doing really well, so it is going to be a massive lift for everyone, the fans and the players as well.

"It is a fresh start for everyone again and hopefully in pre-season everyone is going to have a chance to prove their worth to the club."