Paul Lambert is emerging with promise as one of the younger breed of managers after a medal-laden playing career in Britain and abroad.
The former Celtic and Scotland midfielder focused on an English apprenticeship following a fleeting first experience of management at Livingston.
Lambert - who had the foresight to gain the UEFA Pro License in Germany while still a player at Borussia Dortmund - was appointed by Wycombe Wanderers in June, 2006.
He became the first manager for over 30 years to lead a basement division side to the semi-finals of the League Cup. Following wins over Premier League outfits Fulham and Charlton, Wycombe were finally beaten by Chelsea in the wake of a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Adams Park.
Paul also guided the Chairboys to the play-offs in 2008 before leaving the club. He returned as boss of Colchester United in October, 2008, stabilising the team in League One following their relegation from the Championship. Lambert was manager of the month for January 09.
Lambert was then confirmed as the manager of Norwich City on August 18, 2009. He led The Canaries back to the Championship at the first time of asking after the clubs relegation in 2008/09. In recognition of his achievements, Lambert was named League One Manager of the Year in 2010.
Remarkably Lambert guided Norwich to back-to-back promotions and the club's return to the Barclays Premier League after an absence of six years, was confirmed after a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth in May 2011.
Their success meant that Norwich became the first club since Manchester City in 2000 to secure successive promotion back into the top flight. Once again Lambert was recognised by his peers, as he was award the npower Championship Manager of the Year.
Norwich then enjoyed a superb season in their return to the Barclays Premier League, by finishing in 12th place.
After this successful campaign, Lambert was then appointed the manager of Aston Villa on June 2, 2012. In his first season at Villa Park he guided the Club to a 15th place finish in the Barclays Premier League and they also reached the semi-final of the League Cup.
His playing career yielded 13 winners' medals, starting with a Scottish Cup triumph as a 17 year old at St. Mirren in 1987.
After a spell with Motherwell, Paul helped Dortmund win the Champions League as the first British player to land Europe's top prize with a foreign club. He shackled the great Zinedine Zidane during a 3-1 victory over Juventus in the final.
After joining Celtic in 1997, Lambert racked up four SPL titles and four domestic cups as well as captaining the side to the final of the UEFA Cup.
He won 40 caps for Scotland and played in the 1998 World Cup.