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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 June, 2005, 14:20 GMT 15:20 UK
Lambert told to aim high at Livi
New Livingston manager Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert spent the year winning coaching badges
Paul Lambert took charge as Livingston manager and immediately was reminded of the pressure that makes him the fourth man in charge there in a year.

Livi chief executive Vivien Kyles told BBC Sport that dropping to the First Division "is not an option".

Lambert insisted he was not setting himself any targets in his first manager's post after leaving Celtic.

"You don't know what's going to happen in the future because football is very unpredictable," he said.

The 35-year-old had been at Celtic since 1997, having previously played for St Mirren, Motherwell and Borussia Dortmund and earning 40 caps for Scotland.

He made only seven appearances this season as he sought his coaching credentials in Germany and prepared for retiring from the playing side.
I have learned from some really good people during my career
Livi manager Paul Lambert

Lambert arrived at Livi in the midst of a row over the use of Moroccan Hassan Kachloul as an amateur player during the club's late recovery from relegation trouble.

He insisted that he would not let it affect his preparations for the new season and his first task will be to sort out who is staying and who he will be bringing in.

"There are things in my head that I would like to do," said Lambert, who will be assisted by former St Mirren defender Norrie McWhirter.

"Once I have got over today, I will start to speak to the club and see what's happening."

He won the European Cup with Borussia Dortmund and everything in Scottish domestic football with Celtic but said: "This is a totally different ball game and it is very exciting.

"When I was playing, I knew I had to go into the organisation of things and that will stand me in good stead.

"I have learned from some really good people during my career and they were a big, big help for me and I'll take bits of them into management.

"I am not nervous whatsoever, because this is a great set-up here and staying in the league was a massive achievement considering they have not long been out of administration and they looked to be struggling around Christmas.

"I won't shy away from anything and I'm relishing the test."

Livingston had sacked Allan Preston earlier this season after only five months in charge and another managerial debutant, Richard Gough, left at the end of the season for family reasons.

But Kyles was not concerned about Lambert's lack of experience.

"The way Richard and Archie Knox finished the season, I would take an inexperienced manager any time," she said.

"I said when they took over that relegation was not an option and I was proved right and will say so again.

"Paul and Norrie have set themselves some high targets and we are aiming to be in the top six next season."

Interview: Livingston manager Paul Lambert

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