...and he didn't leave because he wasn't given money either, like was speculated at the time. He was well backed in the January transfer window (loans don't come for free) and, as he said when he left, budgets for the summer had not yet been discussed. He left (or so he was overheard saying after a press conference) because he was expected, in the absence of owners and boardroom structure, to be the spokesman for the club like he was at Villa, which he didn't want. Probably fair enough because the Villa job took it's toll on him. I think he also thought there might be a better job on the horizon for him too. You don't put a 'break' clause in your contract because you really, really want to be at a club.
I was delighted when he left, he was relentlessly negative. Then Coyle happened, he was relentlessly positive. At least Lambert got the players fit.