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Norwich boss Lambert bookies favourite for Villa vacancy

Norwich boss Paul Lambert is the new favourite with bookmakers to success Alex McLeish at Aston Villa. He is 100-30 to succeed McLeish after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer withdrew from the race because of personal reasons and family commitments.

A Villa source said: "The club is getting on with the process of finding a new manager and this process has been very focused from the outset.

"The timeframe is not as important as getting the best man to be the manager.

"The club feels well positioned right now with a number of candidates under consideration."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who rejected the chance to take charge of Villa last summer, is second favourite at 4-1 with former Villa player and current Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson 6-1.

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