Lambert slams Aston Villa after being sacked in telephone call from chief executive
Paul LAMBERT suffered the indignity of being sacked by telephone in a sour end to his reign at Aston Villa.
Lambert was left stunned after receiving a call from chief executive Tom Fox on Wednesday afternoon informing him he was to be dismissed after two-and-a-half years.
The 45-year-old was shocked that Fox refused to meet him face to face and his disappointment was reflected in his statement issued by the League Managers Association.
Villa are stepping up their search for Lambert's successor and hope to make an appointment after the FA Cup tie against Leicester City on Sunday.
Tim Sherwood, Glenn Hoddle and Sean Dyche are among those in the frame but Derby County manager Steve McClaren, who was passed over in favour of Lambert, has ruled himself out.
Lambert was dismissed after Villa dropped into the Premier League's bottom three and he admitted Randy Lerner had warned him to expect the "toughest challenge of his career".
His LMA statement read: "My initial remit was to conduct a massive overhaul of the playing squad, lower the overall wage structure of the playing staff and achieve this whilst keeping the club in the Premier League.
"There was also a concerted effort to purchase and develop younger players who would provide a solid footing for the football club to move forward and enhance the value of the playing squad in the future.
"When I came on board, the club's owner warned me that I was embarking on the toughest challenge of my working life and he was not wrong. But I have never stepped away from hard work and I put my heart and soul into the job from my first day until my last.
"You never stop learning in football management and I certainly believe the invaluable experience from my time as Villa manager will prove hugely beneficial in the next stage of my managerial career."
Meanwhile, QPR are set to announce Chris Ramsey as Harry Redknapp's successor as Rangers manager until the end of the season
The appointment of Ramsey represents a risk for chairman Tony Fernandes, who tweeted last Tuesday that he had secured his "dream manager" and confirmed that it was not a name which had been reported in the media.
Elsewhere, Roy Keane will return to his old stomping ground tonight when he will line out for a Cobh Ramblers selection.
The former Ireland captain played briefly for the club before joining Nottingham Forest but will return to St Colman's Park to take part in a fundraising game between the current Springfield junior team and a team consisting of ex-Cobh Ramblers players.
The game kicks off at 7.30 and tickets are €5 with free entry for children. All proceeds go to the Cobh Hospital development. (© Daily Telegraph, London)