Experience needed for Villa

Marshall was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Lambert on Wednesday night with the Midlands’ club sitting in the relegation zone.

Lambert was sacked after just two wins in 21 league games which left Villa in the relegation zone. Marshall, who worked with Lambert at previous club Norwich before going to Villa Park, will take charge of his first game against Leicester City in the FA Cup.

The former Arsenal defender admits he was sad to see Lambert go and has ruled himself out of the running to take the job due to his lack of experience.

“This is a big club and it’s not somewhere for someone to cut their teeth,” he said.

“It’s certainly a big club and I would say there’s not many things which are going to prepare you for this experience so I think a manager with experience is probably necessary but it’s not really my decision or my call.

“He (Lambert) has been really good for me. He brought me in at Norwich and gave me an opportunity there, and brought me here and gave me a great opportunity to work at a great club.

“I’m hugely disappointed that it’s not going to continue.”