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Faulkner Looking For Improvement Under New Boss

Faulkner Looking For Improvement Under New Boss

Paul Faulkner has said he is looking for steady improvement as the season draws on under Paul Lambert.

Speaking to the Official Site Paul talked about how big a club Villa actual are, and he said everyone's desire was to see us challenging up near the top of the league, and whilst nobody expects that to happen over night, everyone involved is looking for a far better season than last time round, and steady improvement by the end of the season:

'It's Aston Villa, it's a massive club, we're an ambitious club, and I think sometimes people forget that. We've had two tough seasons, no doubt, but if wasn't that long ago that we had sixth place finishes in a row, and Europe, and we were in Cup finals, semi finals and were challenging. People's memories have to be longer than two years.'

So that's clearly the aim for the club again, and rightly so. Faulkner continues to talk about the foundations being in place such as Bodymoor Heath but now we have to get it right again on the pitch:

'If you look at the infrastructure of the club, it is one of the leading clubs in the country with the training ground, the facilities, the staff, so we're absolutely right to be ambitious and we've got lots of ambition at this club. In terms of next term, we certainly want to be better than last season, there wouldn't be much margin for error if we weren't, but we're mindful that takes time. It's not something where you can just click your fingers and success or improvement happens overnight. But we've talked with Paul and we know that we want to get the club moving again.'

With Lambert being as ambitious as he is, I don't believe he would've taken the job unless he knew he would be backed, that he could draw a big line under last season by finishing far higher, and then ultimately have us challenging for Europe again and taking the cups seriously.

He hasn't come to the club to stand still, and the board clearly know after the last few years that we have to get back up there and start doing ourselves justice, so hopefully it'll will be a match made in heaven and we can all have some fun along the way.

On the subject of doing ourselves justice, especially after the McLeish error, Faulkner finished by calling for unity between the club and fans and said he was pleased that the board and fans saw the same thing in Paul Lambert:

'I think the fact that what we saw in Paul married up with what the fans saw is fantastic. We want unity at this club, we want everybody pulling in the same direction. If the fans are behind the team, behind the manager and behind the club then that can create a really powerful force. Villa is a massive club and we can use that size and really kick on and try to do something now.'

With Villa's link to El Ahmadi today, clearly Lambert is leading the way on targets and has been working nice and hard behind the scenes following his appointment.

Fingers crossed he gets the start in the league that we all deserve.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
Time: 3:40PM


Lambert will have, must have... WILL have... had promises of backing etc, he'd not have jumped ship without it and he knows the potential of this club if things go 'right'... I still think that last season we should have and could have been top ten as well if not for the awful tactics.
The Fear
26/06/2012 15:46:00
Yup, being on such a high after Norwich he's not going to have come here to be middling. And yes, if McLeish had gone for games we would've finished higher and should've in all honesty.
26/06/2012 15:55:00
Paul Faulkner has all the inate lovability of a haemorrhoid and could talk a glass eye to sleep. More lip service about ambition - remember how he said people would be pleasantly surprised about McLeish and the aim was Europe??? I would like to think that Lambert will get backing, but lets not forget that any budget will be impacted upon by having to pay compo to the last three (YES, THREE!) management teams. PF's role in recruiting the last two divs to Villa should not be forgotten. Let us also not forget that any compensation payments are covered by the club. Yes, TECHNICALLY Lerner pays by loaning the money to the club, but he then charges interests on repayments. He basically gets a risk free, modest return on his investment and gets rewarded if we are successful or not. Surely he should be personally liable to cover these debts as he flew in the face of anyone with any knowledge of the game or common sense by appointing Houllier (Health Risk) and McLeish (Anti Football/Useless T'Nuc) back to back, rather than limiting available funds to improve the playing staff. After them saying that they are reinstalling the big screen at the North Stand end after feedback from fans, rather than using it as a smokescreen to cover further delays in the redevelopment/rebuilding of the stand, this smacks of further PR propaganda from the useless ginger rugby fan. ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS PAUL, AND FOOTBALL ISN'T PLAYED WITH AN EGG-SHAPPED BALL. The restaurant and pies might be award winning (NO FAN GIVES A MONKEY ABOUT THIS), but your tenure as Chief Exec certainly isn't.
heavy d
26/06/2012 16:58:00
Heavy d - lets get this payout for previous managers sorted- MON was on a rolling 1 year contract so wouldn't have been paid that much - houllier had a heart attack i'm sure insurance would have covered that - Mcleish was sacked due to poor performance and would have received some payout but i'm sure it didn't amount to much due to the fact our points tally reflected his management skill. Agreed on Faulkner, liked the glass eye quip also enjoyed the anger.
26/06/2012 17:17:00
Randy chose the last two managers, Randy is da boss. Fact. And I know Paul, not once heard him talk about rugby over football. He's also brought in the two biggest deals in the Villa's history. McLeish was a cock up, no doubt at all, it has now been corrected, we hope for a better chapter. We've had this before, crap manager, sacked, new manager, some good, some bad, some fecking awful. It isn't anything new.
Still say he was right re we should have been pushing for Europe last year, just the manager wasn't capable (which to be fair, we had said!)
The Fear
26/06/2012 17:32:00
I agree with davey re: payouts. I wasn't a fan of Houllier but, given that at that stage they were hell bent on a manager with premier league experience and the short notice we had thanks to MON, I could see the logic. McLeish was a grave error we all saw coming but they will have done due diligence and he is only 32 - he'll learn from the experience and improve like the players do. Credit where its due, hopefully things will settle now and we'll get back on track
26/06/2012 18:10:00
At least Faulkner has learnt his lesson. Instead of spouting off about challenging for a European spot like he did last year.... when they'd appointed a pillock, he now recognises we should be challenging near the top - but it's not going to happen over night...... Well Done PF, you're learning!
Pride of Lions
26/06/2012 18:19:00
i have a question (apart from the one about Petr Cech potentially heading in a 92nd min equalizer with his helmet - excuse me, long time since I read my little A6 FA Book of The Rules but I clearly remember it stating on p1 - NO EFFING HELMETS. Or did FIFA overrule that one at some stage ? In which case - HELMET FOR MR HESKEY! Preferably with a 4ft vertical extension and a lifesize replica of Mr. A Lochhead' on the end of it). And the question is - is "PF" AV born & bred or what ??
26/06/2012 18:26:00
steep learning curve Pride! I just hope this re-focuses the club and think it will. They've seen what it is like when the fans aren't on the same page and it isn't nice. Hope everyone now gets a break and we see where we go from here. I do understand the anger after last season but at some point we surely have to put it behind us and move on. Mistake made, mistake corrected.
The Fear
26/06/2012 18:52:00
Whilst last year more than most still rankles and understandably so, I genuinly feel this has really opened their eyes and refocused all involved. I genuinely believe that we as a club are setting about having a proper go at things again with realistic goals set regarding players, wages, staff, structure, marketing, league positions, cup runs etc etc. Lets be honest, we've all learnt and improved our lives from mistakes and experiences, here's hoping anyway!!!
26/06/2012 23:26:00
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