The West Ham chief – still without a new offer from the West Ham board – is seen as the man to save Villa from the drop by several inside the Villa Park boardroom.
Villa released a simple one line statement statement confirming the manager’s exit declaring: “Aston Villa Football Club has parted company this evening with manager Paul Lambert.”
Locally-born Allardyce with just a few months left on his Hammers contract could become a target along possibly with David Moyes.
ClaretandHugh was told several weeks ago that were Lambert to be fired Allardyce – who is believed to have held an ambition to manage the club a couple of years back – could easily be in the frame.
We were told: “He’s local and those who know him well have always claimed he has a feel for Villa. It will be all about who is advising the owner Randy Lerner.”