Lambert extends his Villa contract
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has extended his contract at the club until June 2018.
Lambert, who appointed Roy Keane as his assistant this summer, has had two difficult seasons at Villa Park since he joined from Norwich in the summer of 2012 - Villa finishing 15th in both Premier League campaigns.
But Villa have made an excellent start this time around, winning three and drawing one of their four Premier League games, with Saturday's 1-0 win at Liverpool taking them into second place behind Chelsea.
"I'm delighted to have the support of our chairman, Randy Lerner, and Tom Fox, our new chief exec, and I'm determined that we continue building the club to where we all want it to be," Lambert said.
"This is a massive football club, a fantastic football club. I knew the first two years would be tough but we've made progress and now we're beginning to see the benefits of all of that hard work.
"We can look to the future with real optimism and a determination to make this season successful, and the seasons that follow.
Villa chief executive Fox said Lambert had established a strong platform on which the club intends to continue building.
"I am delighted that we have extended manager Paul Lambert's contract to the end of the 2017-18 season," Fox said.
"We have a long-term vision for Villa and Paul is completely integrated into our plan."