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Ellis Backs Appointment Of Lambert

Ellis Backs Appointment Of Lambert

Life President Douglas Ellis said he knew that Paul Lambert was the man for the job after seeing Norwich's performance against us on the final day of the season.

Speaking to the Official Site Ellis said he came up with a list of three replacements should Alex McLeish move on, and Paul Lambert was one of them:

'After the departure of Alex McLeish I came up with three names and one of the names was Paul Lambert. I was enthused about him after seeing Norwich play against Villa. Lambert's Norwich team thoroughly impressed me. I knew then that if Alex was to leave then Paul would be the ideal man for the job and I'm glad that Randy and Paul went for him.'

I think the best comment is the following though. Ellis stresses that manager stability is the key to moving forward and he does have some sympathy with the board because he says appointments are never easy:

'It's important that there is stability in the manager's chair if the club is to move forward. People will recall that I had 13 managers and that I sacked 11 of them, with Ron Saunders walking away to Birmingham and Graham Taylor asking for my permission to take the England job. People may think otherwise, but I understand the importance of managers having time.'

He continues:

'The most successful managers I picked tended to be the ones who stayed longest, the better they do the less need there is to remove them from office.'

I'm just going to quietly chuckle to myself at the idea that a manager has a need to be removed from office from day 1 and the longer they last the less need there is to do just that.

Ahhh memories.

Ellis rightly ends by saying that Lambert will need time to stamp his mark on the team:

'The new manager cannot be expected to do it overnight, he will need a season or two to make his mark and I am sure he will be given that and will do well.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday June 11 2012
Time: 3:38PM


Dear oh dear. Senility has set in. More contradictions than you can shake a stick at. Just over a month ago he was advising Randolph to stick with the previous manager. Talk to him tomorrow and he will not even remember the answers he gave today.
11/06/2012 16:11:00
There is not a lot anyone can teach Sir Doug Ellis about how to run a football club. The present owner will be doing well if he can come close to Doug's record of two trophies, two second-place finishes, an FA Cup runners-up and innumerable European qualifications. All he is saying is that changing the manager every year is not a good idea, while he also understands that managers have a finite shelf-life and that they have to be changed to freshen things up. He has a lot to be proud of and deserves far more respect than he generally gets. Lerner might have lots of his Dad's money but he could learn a thing or two from Doug.
Steve Wade
11/06/2012 16:35:00
I have to agree with Steve, Ellis was the chairman as i was growing up and helped me whitness us win 2 trophies in the 90's european football like that great win over Inter Milan on pens Phil King smashing in the winner, Beating Man Utd 3-1 in the League Cup final when they had players like Cantona Ince Bruce Pallister Giggs etc we done em, so i like to remember and be thankful of the good times i had growing up with Villa owned by Ellis, we did have some great times, and he left us in great shape no debt for Randy to takeover remember,
11/06/2012 17:58:00
It's not like Randy has planned to sack the managers he's chosen after 1 season, he always said he wanted stability, we just had the wrong managers to provide it. Hopefully now we can settle down and start the next 3-5 year plan.
11/06/2012 18:01:00
Ellis left us with growing debt Clive. There's a difference between the PR of prudency and the facts of the accounts which showed we were losing money season on season and increasing our borrowings because in every business aspect when it came to revenue, brand growth and merchandising we were seriously substandard in.
11/06/2012 18:02:00
Interesting that Mike as i read in the media Ellis left us with no debt and a good solid basis to build upon? There is no question Paul Faulkner and Randy have done brill for Villa on the commercial and overall income to turnover ratio side of things no one could argue otherwise about that, but i thought Ellis said he agreed to sell Villa due to his ill health and the fact he could not keep up the demand of the costs but i never heard or read we were increasing borrowing under Ellis, Anyway hopefully now with Lambert as manager we can start to climb back upto where we belong so we can have success on the pitch in the near future im looking forward to the ride but i will not look back on the Ellis years as a total negative memory as i have some great memories thats all i know ;)
11/06/2012 19:47:00
You should know better than to trust the media mate. There was the whole leisure centre thing ticking over in the background that still hasn't been explained fully from back then. We were borrowing more each season as the accounts reflected. We weren't the bastion of financial stability that Ellis sold the press chap. You have to remember as well the 'ringfenced' Bodymoor money had also disappeared at that time aswell.

We were prime for a takeover because of the lack of investment and business planning given our fanbase, and the growth that could be achieved.

Ellis isn't all negative, even in my eyes, but I'll keep piping up when history is rewritten to make him sound like the saviour lol His best work was done first time round, in terms of finance and steadying the ship, but Ellis more than anybody held us back even in the good times second time around and he gets no credit from me due to his interference for the success managers had under him.
11/06/2012 20:25:00
Ignore what Randy has put in, and consider IF Ellis had put in what he actually had out of the club, the comparison would be we'd be the early Prem years Man City, and we really would've become the team SirAlex feared we would. But as ever, the manager usually took the axe when fans questionned Ellis' investment and support for on pitch matters.
11/06/2012 20:28:00
Oh and the final point, our big spending really came on the back of the fans' money when we floated. That was the big investment under Ellis, our money as shareholders and the institutional investors. It's still something I'd like to see Randy do even if it only equated to 10% of the club's ownership, let the fans have a real stake again not only as a quick boost for turnover, but also for what it means for a fan to have a stake in the club they love.
11/06/2012 20:30:00
and never trust a man who claims to have invented the bicycle kick!
Matt B
11/06/2012 20:38:00
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