Norwich manager Paul Lambert has offered his resignation amid interest from Aston Villa.

But City are not accepting his offer whilst talks with Villa are ongoing.

A club statement said: “The club regrets to confirm that Paul Lambert has offered his resignation from his position as Norwich City manager.

“We have fought hard to keep Paul at Norwich City and have not accepted his resignation whilst discussions with another club are taking place.”

Aston Villa are hunting a replacement for Alex McLeish, who departed the club on 14 May after just 11 months in charge having overseen a poor 2011-12 Premier League campaign.

He failed to win over sceptical supporters, many of whom were initially angered by his capture from rivals Birmingham and less than impressed with a record of just four wins in 19 home games. The club spent the final months of the season fearing relegation.

Lambert, who enjoyed spells at Celtic and Borussia Dortmund in his playing days, managed at Wycombe and Colchester before joining Norwich in August 2009.

At the time the Canaries were in League One and reeling from a 7-1 home defeat to Colchester, but Lambert masterminded successive promotions to reach the top flight in his first two seasons in charge.

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