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Lambert Looking For 5 Players With 20m Funds?

Right, lets get stuck in to the press talk today from the interviews with Villa`s new boss Paul Lambert yesterday.

All makes for nice reading!

Lambert said: 'It's an incredible opportunity. You look at the history. The size of the football club is vast. It's something I'm not going to shy away from. It's the first time I've got money. But whether you're making little money or lots of money, I still expect the desire to win games. That should never deflect from winning games. The principles are still of the same regardless of what they earn.'

So... he`s been told there is money. He`s told them he`ll get the team spirit right and will look to bring back the desire of the players to win games.

Smiling yet?

John Wragg www.express.co.uk says that he has around 20million to spend (and other reports have said he`d also get the funds from any player sales) ... so not a bad start.

According to John Lambert will look to bring in five players and possibly have a similar amount leaving.

Getting rid of the sulkers and those who showed now interest in the last two seasons? Yes please!

He said he will thrive on the pressure adding, "There`s a feeling around the place that`s really good at the minute. It`s up to me to try to keep that. I sensed it the first time I came here. I`ll do everything I can to make this club successful."

The report says the list is already in Paul Faulkner's hands for the five players he is after and ideally he`d like a couple of them in for the pre-season tour of America in July.

"There`s lads there that I hope we can try to get in. Foreign or British, as long as they`ve got the hunger and they want to perform then that`s the main thing."

The report also says that he needs a No2 following the departure of Brad Guzan.

Plenty of quotes in the press about the link to Grant Holt as well.

He confirmed to skysports.com 'There's no agreement between me and Norwich about signing players,' adding there is nothing stopping him going back for Norwich players if he wants.

But also says that he`s not even thought about Holt as yet.

"Grant Holt was absolutely brilliant for me. In the three years I was there he was a huge part of what happened. But things move on. I need to know what`s happening at Aston Villa before I do anything. The chairman and Paul Faulkner know that and then we`ll try to bring players in.
There`s four or five I`d like. The chairman has been brilliant."

And on targets? LOL, he might have set his sights a bit high actually: www.dailymail.co.uk have quotes about who he has asked for!

'The chairman and Paul (Faulkner, CEO) know the lads I`ve asked to look at and we`ll try, as a football club, to bring those in. I told Paul to go and get Messi. After him we want Xavi and Iniesta. So if those three come I think we`ll do all right. But there`s a list, yes. We`ll see if we can progress that down the road.`

The report also says that Lambert won`t be made to sell Darren Bent to fund new signings, with that said, there aren`t actually any quotes from the new Villa manager about that... but I concur, he can`t be and won`t be made to sell our top striker.

And on the fans, 'They want to see a winning team. If you can do it with style then great, but if you can`t and you win, I`m pretty sure people will still be happy.`




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 7 2012

Time: 10:30AM

Your Comments

So pumped for the new season and it's two months away!! Can hardly sleep hahaha UTV!!
AdzVilla11
Sounding good to me.... it is isn't it, bloody exciting already....
Pride of Lions
Think Holt may be a bit old now, look for younger I think.
eltoro
Good stuff innit?! Amazing how quickly things can turn around attitude wise, just shows the club is a far happier place with us on the same page as them.
The Fear
5 players including a couple of Bosmans and you average 6m/ 7m each. Should get some reasonable players for that in today's market. It'll certainly be an interesting Summer but can we save on the manager compensation bill next year please and have even more to invest in players. Is Kevin Mc staying? Heard Sid mentioned but not Big Mac.
Gordonsleftboot
What a difference 3 or 4 weeks can have, Villa is buzzing again, us fans have something to believe in again and look forwrd to with optimisum and hope, thats all i wanted, we may not be able to bankroll our way to the top but we can build and play some decent footie and try and win games, and that is all i could have wished for! UTV!
ClivetheVillan
He's only just walked through the door; He's not thought one iota about Grant Holt... but he has handed in a list of 4/5 players he wants... hmmmmm haha think this one keeps his cards close to his chest! Exciting times - can't wait to see who the players are he is bringing in!
kciN
Especially pleased as a couple of weeks back it was looking like the most miserable football summer going between Villa under McLeish and a pathetic England squad. Hazzar for Lambert!
revolutionatlast
Gordon's....i guess it depends on where we look to get players from. If it's English players from the PL then we'll struggle with that amount per player, but if we look abroad then we could copy Newcastle and get 3 or 4 great players for that much :)
MrZeus
I'm very excited about the upcoming season... its gonna be a helluva ride!
maigrait
Regardless of what you think of MON it's that sort of feeling again. Excitement, anticipation........... Bring on the new season.
M5villa
A good manager and Bent is staying, what more could we ask for!
We're Not Fickle
The little tinker! Just think JF you should've run the Villa Messi story again, but this time we'd actually have quotes :-)
mike_field
After being one of the many on here who wanted Nzobia last season think I might just shut up and see who he brings in lol The cloud lifted over Villa Park as soon as Mcleish was sacked, but Lambert as manager brings our first ray of sunshine in 2 years.
Merlin128777
I don't know why people keep reporting a budget. No-one knows, there probably isn't even a fixed amount.
Sheriff Kimbo
Looks good with that Tie
Lost_In_Ca
Merlin you watch NZgobia go this season mate! I'm backing Bent for 20 goals and a great run in my fantasy team :)
AdzVilla11
Yep Adz - main thing is the manager wont be telling Bent to get back into our own penalty box & defend!!! Cant wait to see who we end up with!
thorpyuk
No doubt it's a fresh start and I can't wait to see who he brings in. Unfortunately, I can't see Nzogbia being given that long to sort himself out. Great player but a very stroppy git, who I doubt Lambert will have time for. I'm sure he'll give him a chance but leopards don't change spots and our Charles does like to moan. Saying that, I hope I'm proved wrong because he was fantastic at Wigan.
Rawlie
thorpyuk that drove me nuts when Eck just went on and on and on about Ireland tracking back, making a tackle and the crowd cheered. He milked that one for about two months!!
AdzVilla11
 

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