New Blackburn boss Paul Lambert admits his nine-month hiatus from football might have been a blessing in disguise.
The 46-year-old Scot had been out of the game since being sacked by Barclays Premier League club Aston Villa in February but returned on Sunday when he was announced as the new manager of second-tier outfit Rovers.
Lambert spent his time without a job travelling the continent observing the likes of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, and he now feels revitalised as he looks to achieve his second promotion out of the division following similar success with Norwich.
“I’ve had nine months off and really enjoyed my time,” he said. “I did some great things in my time off and saw different teams training, meeting different people. The opportunity came up right out of the blue – would I consider it? I can’t wait to get started, I feel refreshed and am really looking forward to Saturday’s game.
“When you’re a manager you always have tunnel vision at certain times. Stepping back from it was probably the best thing that happened to myself. I’ve been to some great clubs, great people, watched them training, getting a different view on football, and really enjoyed it.”