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Paul Lambert appointed Blackburn manager

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Blackburn have appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager.

Rovers, currently 16th in the Sky Bet Championship, sacked Gary Bowyer on Tuesday following a run of one win in six league games.

Lambert will be joined by ex-Rovers player and youth team coach Alan Irvine, who was named as his assistant.

Blackburn's former head of youth coaching Rob Kelly and goalkeeping coach Laurence Batty will also join the Scotsman's backroom team.

Lambert, who will be presented to the media on Monday, is relishing the challenge at Ewood Park with Rovers only 11 points off the play-offs after 16 games.

He told the club's official website: "I would like to thank the owners and board of directors for giving me the opportunity to manage such a fantastic club.

"Blackburn Rovers is a club with superb support and fine traditions, being a founding member of both the Football League and the Premier League."

The 46-year-old, who was sacked by Aston Villa in February, guided Norwich to back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League in 2011 and believes he can produce similar success at Blackburn.

"I bring with me a very trusted backroom team that I believe is equipped to help me create an exciting era for the club," he said.

"I hope to deliver a brand of football that will both entertain the supporters and bring success."

Blackburn's owners added: "We are extremely happy to have secured a manager with the experience that Paul brings.

"We are confident that he is the right man to achieve the ambitions we have for the club."

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