Villa confident of new boss bid
Aston Villa are reportedly looking to announce Paul Lambert as their new manager in the next 24 hours.
Villa are pressing on with their plans to bring in the Scot, despite his current club Norwich City rejecting his resignation on Thursday afternoon.
And, as the Midlands outfit prepare an offer of compensation for Lambert, who is on a rolling contract with the Canaries, they remain confident that an unveiling will be made in the very near future.
Lambert will then be charged by club owner Randy Lerner with the task of revitalising Villa after two seasons in the doldrums.
After three successive top-six finishes under Martin O'Neill, Villa have dropped too close to the Premier League bottom three for comfort with Alex McLeish paying the price for this past season's disappointing 16th-placed finish - just two points clear of the relegation zone.
It is believed Lambert will be given money to spend after McLeish spent last season reducing what he described as an "astronomical" wage bill. Lambert will also be able to use the money from any players he generates from current Villa players he off-loads to bolster the squad.