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Paul Lambert: I want to take Wolves to the Premier League

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New Wolves boss Paul Lambert said he was desperate to take Wolves to the Premier League as he arrived at Molineux today.

The former Aston Villa manager spoke of his determination to achieve promotion with Wolves and said it would 'not be for the want of trying' if the club did not go up.

The Scot replaces Walter Zenga in the Molineux hotseat after the Italian was sacked last month and the club's Chinese owners hope he will be the man to take them to the Premier League.

Lambert watched Saturday's home defeat to Derby County on TV and admitted there was work to do if Wolves were going to reach the top six this season. But he said he was looking forward to the challenge and could not wait to get started.

He said the size of the club's fanbase and history was a driving factor in coming to Wolves.

Speaking to the media for the time, he said: "Sometimes you have a good feeling about things. This is a good feeling.

"It feels like the right fit. This isn't a football club which has no history attached to it."

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He added: "There's a fantastic fan base here and, if you have that, you have a chance.

"Even when I came here with Norwich and Blackburn, it was always a great atmosphere and we as a team have to get the fans going and give them something back.

"The football club sold itself - the fanbase and the history attached. The club is huge but needs a bit of help to try to climb the table.

"It's up to us to generate things and get the stadium really going. It doesn't take much for it to lift. It just needs a bit of help and, if we can do that, let's see what happens.

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"When you go into a club that's had a bit of a hard time, they are looking for an upsurge pretty quickly and to get some results on the board."

The Glaswegian took Norwich City to the Premier League, leading the club to two consecutive promotions before keeping the Canaries in the top flight.

Owners Fosun hope his Championship experience will mean he is the man to take them up after the failed Zenga experiment.

Lambert, who won the Champions League as a player with Borussia Dortmund and also played for Celtic, went on to manage Aston Villa, keeping the West Midlands side in the top flight in his two full seasons in charge.

He then had a short stint at Championship side Blackburn Rovers before deciding to leave at the end of last season.

Despite a disappointing start to the season, sporting director Kevin Thelwell said the target for Wolves should still be a play-off place.

And Lambert said: "It's a huge club, its got ambitious owners and I'll try everything I can to get them out of the league.

"It will certainly not be for the lack of trying to get this right."

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