Lerner backs Lambert during tough times at Villa
With the metaphorical axe swinging over the head of more than one manager before the first month of 2013 is out, it’s refreshing to see a manager receive such a public vote of confidence as Villa’s Paul Lambert did today.
January 28th, 2013
Having bore witness to what is surely one of the worst weeks the football club has ever faced, American owner Randy Lerner has reiterated his support for beleaguered manager Paul Lambert. This is no mean feat considering their current slump in league form – six games without a win – compounded by exits from both domestic cup competitions within the space of three days; one to determined Championship side Millwall; the other to Yorkshire grit in front of their own fans against Bradford.
But Lerner was quick to give Lambert some encouragement, calling him shortly after the Millwall game to tell him to ‘keep on fighting’, according to reports.
“We have an excellent relationship and talk all the time,” said Lambert.
“In the time I’ve come to know Paul, what is clear is his strength of character and belief in his approach to football,” said Lerner, who has invested close to £250m in the club including its purchase in 2006.
“Fortunes can shift quickly in this game and a sense that one has it right can become grave doubt in a matter of a few games…on a very personal note, I would reiterate that Paul has achieved success at many levels of professional football and I believe, given support, he will continue to do so for us.”