Time running out for Lambert?
Back on the final day of the 2011-12 season Aston Villa travelled to Norwich City to take on Paul Lambert's side, only to lose 2-0 courtesy of goals from Simeon Jackson and Grant Holt. That day supporters of both clubs sung the name of Paul Lambert and it wasn’t long before the Scot resigned from his role at the Canaries and replaced Alex McLeish as manager of Aston Villa.
April 11th, 2014
On his appointment Lambert stated that he was determined to not just sort out the very high wage bill at the football club, but he promised fans both exciting football and to improve the home form.
Nearly two years to the day when Villa fans sung the name of the former Norwich manager at Carrow Road, the faithful are beginning to lose patience and they have very good reason to do so.
Many state that Lambert hasn’t had much money to spend at Villa Park but for me this isn’t true. Randy Lerner has always made clear that his managers will get £20million to spend every summer, plus a percentage of any incomings.
So far the former Celtic midfielder has spent £42million in two seasons – and that doesn’t include any loan fees. Are we any better off than we were under Alex McLeish? I personally don’t think so.
We were never pretty under McLeish but we were solid at the back – we are neither under Lambert. Based on performances this season, I only believe we can put our hand on our heart and say we deserved to win one or two games – with luck playing a big part in other victories.
Last weekend’s defeat to Fulham was the first defeat against the London side at Villa Park since 1973 – allowing them to do the double over Villa this season despite them only winning six of their other thirty-one fixtures in the league.
On top of that, for the first time in Aston Villa’s one hundred and forty-year history, they have lost ten home league games, making it nineteen league defeats at Villa Park for Paul Lambert from thirty-six games – which works out to more than one in two!
There was talk a few weeks ago of the manager being offered a new deal, but I honestly fear attendances will start to drop even more if the club does offer Lambert a new contract. It used to be a majority that wanted to keep faith in Lambert, but now it’s the minority.
Whether Randy Lerner wants to sell the football club or not, he needs to take a good look at the situation because without its fans a club will struggle – we are no longer a big player in the Premiership; we are merely a club on auto-pilot just making up the numbers in the division.
Defeat this weekend to Crystal Palace could really see the fans turn on both the manager and board. The clock is really ticking on Lambert’s time at Aston Villa.