Hughton, who’s left Birmingham City, takes over a club that Lambert led to two straight promotions and 12th position in the Premier League in 2011-12. The 53-year-old’s appointment was announced at a news conference today.
Lambert joined Aston Villa on June 2, replacing Alex McLeish who was fired in May after the club’s 16th-place finish in the top division.
Hughton replaced McLeish at Birmingham last June after the Blues were demoted from the Premier League. He led the Midlands team to fourth place in the Championship and a promotion playoff semifinal defeat to Blackpool.
Previously, Hughton led Newcastle back into the elite division before being dismissed in December 2010. His playing career included spells at Tottenham, West Ham and Brentford, as well as 53 games for the Republic of Ireland.
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