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Former Player Backs Lambert To Succeed

Russell Martin has backed his former boss to be a success at Villa Park after praising what he achieved at Norwich.

Speaking to Talksport following the official appointment of Paul Lambert to the Villa hotseat, the Norwich defender said of his former boss:

'I don't think you can emphasise enough how good he has been for the club and the players as individuals. He's a great manager and I'm sure he'll do well wherever he goes. He's a very intelligent man manager, he leaves the coaching to his assistant and coaches most of the time, and just keeps an eye on things.'

Whilst that on the face of things sounds like he focuses on tactics and buries his head in a notebook during the week, Martin says he's far more hands on with the players than you'd expect:

'Where his strength lies is keeping everybody happy. There are players in the team that haven't played many games but they're still happy which is hard to come by when players are out of the team. He's got a great way of dealing with the lads. Putting an arm round them when they're low as well as being serious and having a joke.'

Sounds like Lambert has the right mix when it comes to the man management and personal dealings. Leave the coaches to train the tactics his comes up with, he's not out their barking orders or telling them to run faster, but he's out their having quiet words, giving hints, and keeping morale high.

Again there will be little he can change overnight, but slow and steady growth when we can see a project unfolding should be more than enough for all of us to get behind.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 3 2012

Time: 4:13PM

Your Comments

It all sounds like a million miles away from last season. Looking forward to the new Villa Dynasty! ;)
Adam Deuce
Good to read he can be serious too as I think there is some serious sorting out in the dressing room to be done before the season begins.......
Pride of Lions
I know it will take time but this is definitely the way to go.
M5villa
sounds like a MON clone????
Steve64k
steve, was thinking the same thing too. doesnt coach, buries his head in the notebook. knows how to make fringe players like salifou happy to play in reserves....
Gruck
When you say "like a M'ON clone" is this the M'ON that when Okey Cokey wasn't in the team he finished up fighting with him. Is that the good man mangement you expect?? The one that Curtis Davies says was bang out of order and wouldn't even talk to him? The only resemblance I can see to M'ON is that they both wear glasses!!! M'ON revitalised our club, but spent more money than any other manager in our history doing so. He didnt quite get to the level required. He spent all of the dough and couldn't work under the new financial restrictions needed to stop us going bankrupt. PL I presume accepted the job knowing the restrictions. However he has a reputation of moving on to further his own career so lets be prepared for that in the future.
voiceoftheholte
voiceoftheholte there is only one thing a manager like Lambert thinks about and that's himself. His job will be now to attract he bigger club just like MON and that will not matter one bit what state he leaves the club as long as he achieves his end goal of moving on to the bigger club. Manager like that have no real interest in the long term stability of a club things like football philosophy being implemented on all levels; academy through to the 1st team because he has no football philosophy he is an opportunist, motivator like MON and Harry Redknapp always looking for his next move. He is a MON clone and if he is allowed he will leave this club in a much worser situation than he is finding us in with many more dead wood. Only managers like him sign players like Holt REASON WHY Big Sam and MON are the only ones of note in for him. His a poor clubs MON sad fact but true sorry to say lads this is what happens when there is no knowledgeable reputable football man at the club. Only positive is he is better than Mcleish. Liverpool owners are clearly on another level than the lot we have at Villa judging from the developments and got the track record to prove it too.
Shane Villains
Best wishes to Norwich fans i know how they feel hopefully they get in a manager who can sort out whatever mess he may have left them in. We struggled with better players when MON left if they do not get their next appointment right with out a doubt they will get relegated if i was their chairman i will do all i can to get in Chris Hughton very under rated young English manager he can sort out whatever complications/mess Lambert may have left them in.
Shane Villains
 

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