Wolves announce Paul Lambert as new head coach
In an official statement Wolverhampton Wanderers said that they 'are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Lambert as the club’s new Head Coach who arrives at Molineux with a wealth of coaching and managerial experience, most recently in the Championship and Premier League'.
Wolves have also announced the arrival of first team coach Stuart Taylor, who will work alongside existing first team coach Rob Edwards and the club's other backroom staff to support Lambert in his role. 41-year-old Taylor spent his playing career in Scotland with several clubs and managed Limerick in the League Of Ireland before more recently working with Aston Villa’s development squad whilst Lambert was at Villa Park.
“There’s a fantastic fan base here and, if you have that, you have a chance,” Paul said in his first interview with Wolves Player HD; “Even when I came here with Norwich and Blackburn, it was always a great atmosphere and we as a team have to get the fans going and give them something back. It’s up to us to generate things and get the stadium really going. It doesn’t take much for it to lift. It just needs a bit of help and, if we can do that, let’s see what happens.
"I want to go on the front foot. I don’t want to sit and wait for things to go against us. I know sometimes, especially in the Championship, that’s difficult and you may need to grind out results and stand up and be physical. But you also have to have the impetus to be brave and be on the front foot. If we do that, with the supporters behind us, that will drive us on.
“The target is for us to win the next game; go to Preston and win that game. Starting to win is my number one priority.....it’s up to us to lift the place. They have not had much to cheer about.”
“Hopefully we can get success together,” he added. “They (the supporters) are vital for us. I can’t stress that enough.... .they are huge, especially at home. It’s up to us to give them something. If we bounce off each other, we can be in for a good time. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Wolves Main Director, Jeff Shi, says of Paul's appointment; “We are delighted that Paul has agreed to become our new Head Coach. He arrives at Wolves with extensive managing experience at different levels, in recent years in the Premier League and the Championship. Myself and Kevin (Thelwell) have spent many hours with Paul during the lengthy interview process, and have been very impressed with his thoughts on football and his vision for Wolves. Ourselves and Paul share the same vision and the same mission, to achieve promotion from the Championship as soon as possible, and then aim for a higher goal in the Premier League. We welcome both Paul and Stuart to the club, and look forward to them working with the existing backroom staff at Wolves. I would also like to thank Rob Edwards for the very professional way he has looked after the team over the last ten days, and I am delighted that we are also retaining his coaching talents as part of Paul’s backroom team.”
Kevin Thelwell, Wolves Sporting Director, added: “This has been a thorough and diligent process during which we have spent a lot of time interviewing different candidates and not only listening to what they have to say, but also talking about the culture of our football club, what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it. First and foremost Paul is a very experienced coach, and, as many people know, is a real student of the game. He understands modern structures at clubs, has worked and been successful in the Premier League, and has also secured promotion from the Championship which is a league he knows very well. All that background, along with what he said to us during the extensive interview process, have suggested that he is the right candidate who will be able to lead us forward.”
A top level midfielder for clubs including Celtic and Borussia Dortmund, Lambert won a host of honours during his playing career, including the Champions League with the German side, as well as captaining Scotland for 15 of his 40 senior international caps.
Lambert’s managerial career has progressed from starting out with Livingston, Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester to then guiding Norwich from League One to the Premier League in successive seasons. Having masterminded a 12th placed finish for the Canaries in the top division, he moved to Aston Villa, where he managed for almost another three years in the Premier League. He spent most of last season in the Sky Bet Championship with Blackburn Rovers, before exercising a clause in his contract to move on at the end of last season