Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager extends contract

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Aston Villa are one of three teams unbeaten in the Premier League

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has signed a contract extension until June 2018 following the club's unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

The 45-year-old Scot took charge at Villa Park in June 2012 and, despite finishing 15th in both seasons, Villa have won three out of four this term.

"I'm determined that we continue building the club to where we all want it to be," said Lambert.

"We can look to the future with real optimism."

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Villa's return of 10 points from their opening four league games is their best tally for 16 years.
In that 1998/99 season, Villa topped the table on Christmas Day, eventually finishing in sixth place.

Despite a difficult campaign last season, Lambert told BBC Sport in May that he would remain as Villa manager at least until the club is sold.

The Scot has since strengthened his squad with a number of signings including midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan from Manchester United, Colombia World Cup midfielder Carlos Sanchez, ex-England midfielder Joe Cole and former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos.

Lambert also appointed former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane as his assistant in the summer.

Villa are second in the table and are one of three clubs unbeaten in the top-flight after four games along with leaders Chelsea and Arsenal, who visit Villa Park on Saturday.

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"I knew the first two years would be tough but we've made progress and now we're beginning to see the benefits of all of that hard work," added Lambert.

"We're in a much healthier position on and off the pitch.

"The bar had to be raised, everyone has stepped up and there will be continued improvement."

Villa chief executive Tom Fox said: "We have a long-term vision for Villa.

"Paul is completely integrated into our plan to manage the club carefully and ambitiously back to a position in the Premier League appropriate to our history and collective expectations."

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