By Paul Brown
Paul Lambert is ready to embrace the challenge of managing Villa - and "ignite the passion of the fans."
Lambert was officially unveiled as Villa boss this afternoon in the McGregor's Suite.
And he spelled out his ambitions for both the team and the supporters who cheer the lads on.
The 42-year-old is eager to "get the crowd going" and also see the players "perform with a hunger to succeed."
He said: "I'm very proud and honoured to be here as manager of Aston Villa, a club with a fantastic history and tradition.
"With the help of the players and the fans, I will do my very best to drive the club on.
"One of my first objectives will be to get the crowd going and to restore the good feeling back to the players so that they, in turn, can excite and ignite the passion and energy of our supporters.
"For me, it is imperative that the players are able to perform with a freedom and hunger and desire to succeed.
"Villa are one of the big clubs in the history of English football and this is a great challenge, one I am genuinely enthused to embrace.
"Any club that has won a European Cup, seven English league titles and the FA Cup seven times is going to retain a certain status and this is not something to shy away from.
"I have my own levels of expectancy which I am determined to try and meet and these will hopefully marry with Aston Villa as a club and especially with the expectations of the fans."
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