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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Lambert's Ewood exit fuels talk of Celtic deal

(l-r) Paul Lambert and Roy Keane Photo: PA
(l-r) Paul Lambert and Roy Keane Photo: PA

Blackburn boss Paul Lambert has fuelled speculation that he will replace Ronny Deila as Celtic manager by announcing that he will leave his position at Ewood Park at the end of the season.

Lambert has decided to activate a release clause in the two-and-a-half-year contract he signed in November and will step down following Rovers' final Sky Bet Championship game of the season against Reading on May 7.

The 46-year-old former Celtic player said in a statement on the club's official website: "I would like to place on record my thanks to the owners, and especially the players, staff and fans for the tremendous backing and support I have received since I arrived.

"It's a brilliant club, with great people, and I wish it every success in the future. For now, I remain fully focused and determined to try to win the final two games of the season, starting this Saturday against Rotherham."

Blackburn, currently 19th in the Championship and without a win in six league matches, will begin their search for Lambert's successor straight away.

"Blackburn Rovers would like to thank Paul for all his efforts since joining the club in November and wish him well for the future," said the club in a statement.

"The club will begin its search for a new manager with immediate effect."

Former Norwich and Aston Villa manager Lambert won eight Championship games during his short stay at Ewood Park.

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, meanwhile, has become one of the favourites to replace Lambert, who worked alongside him at Villa Park last season.

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