Brighter Future Under Paul Lambert?
He is known to be a no-nonsense manager who will not accept anything but 100% from his staff both on and off the field. He will get the backing of the fans for as long as he wants it providing we see this from the side he puts out.
June 15th, 2012
You have probably already heard that I was unsuccessful in my job application to become the new Aston Villa boss despite leading my Football Manager Villa side to Champions League glory.
In all seriousness though, the appointment of Paul Lambert as the new manager of Aston Villa Football Club was welcomed by not only myself but the large majority of the Claret and Blue Faithful.
I stated following the departure of Alex McLeish that we must look for a young up and coming manager, with the passion and desire needed to not only motivate the players on a Saturday afternoon, but also the supporters in the stands.
Lambert was always my number one choice so you can only imagine how I felt when we were linked with other names. Yes Ole Gunnar Soljskaer was Randy Lerner thinking outside the box and, maybe, one I could of supported but I am so glad we didn’t go down the Roberto Martinez route again.
People continue to tell me that Martinez has done a good job at Wigan, but could you please explain to me how exactly? He buys his own players (yes, he probably has smaller funds than most but so did both Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert at their clubs), he names the starting team and sets his team up the way he likes them to play.
However, season upon season Wigan Athletic only perform for the final third of the season and just about hang onto their Premiership status. If that is improvement then maybe I am in fact clueless.
I have been asked by non Aston Villa supporting friends if Villa fans would turn on Paul Lambert like they did with Alex McLeish if we are not fighting for a top 6-7 spot next season and my reply has always been the same.
Yes, some were on McLeish’s back from the start because of were he came from, but a large majority didn’t – in fact 20,000 season tickets holders gave him the benefit of the doubt.
However, a teams supporters can make or break a managers career if they are unhappy and that was exactly the feeling down Villa Park last season. There was not ever any fight from the players, constant negative tactics, and playing players out of position soon made those majority turn on him.
We as Aston Villa fans don’t believe we have a right to be challenging for trophies like some supporters out there, but what we do believe is a player should wear the famous Claret and Blue strip with pride.
This is where Paul Lambert comes in. He is known to be a no-nonsense manager who will not accept anything but 100% from his staff both on and off the field. He will get the backing of the fans for as long as he wants it providing we see this from the side he puts out.
Lambert has made no desire that he plans to rebuild the club and will always go out to win games which is something a club of our size should be looking to do.
So lets hope the two years of gloom are over and we can finally look forward to a bright future – something the chairman promised when he brought the club from Sir Doug Ellis.
Written by Stuart Young