Aston Villa target Paul Lambert to replace Alex McLeish at the end of the season

Lambert tops Villa's wishlist to replace fellow Scot McLeish in the summer

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08:18 GMT, 27 April 2012

Paul Lambert has emerged as the front runner for the Aston Villa job should the club decide to sack Alex McLeish in the summer.

McLeish’s position is expected to be reviewed at the end of the season regardless of whether the team remains in the Premier League.

Villa have been on dreadful run where they have picked up just one win in 13 games has left the Midlanders just three points clear of third-bottom Bolton.

Impressive first season: Paul Lambert has kept Norwich in the Premier League in their first season

Impressive first season: Paul Lambert has kept Norwich in the Premier League in their first season

Tuesday’s defeat to the Trotters means Villa will end the season with their lowest tally of home league victories since they were formed 138 years ago.

Owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner have publicly backed the boss.

But McLeish, an unpopular appointment after managing rivals Birmingham, looks doomed and the Villa hierarchy have been impressed by Lambert.

Looking for a change: Alex McLeish has struggled at Villa this season

Looking for a change: Alex McLeish has struggled at Villa this season

The Scotsman, 42, has taken Norwich to successive promotions and guided them to a safe position in the Premier League.

The Canaries, who host Villa on the last day of the season, would fight all the way to keep Lambo.

But if they were forced to look for a new boss, Cardiff chief Malky Mackay — a ex-Norwich hero — would be a contender along with Birmingham’s Chris Hughton.