Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
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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Date:Tuesday June 26 2012
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