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Lambert Says NO Relegation For Villa

Lambert Says NO Relegation For Villa

I love this headline...!

From the Birmingham Mail: Aston Villa: Paul Lambert rules out a relegation fight.

I didn`t realise you could do that in the rules but now we are safe, phew... short season though?!?!?!

In all seriousness, good interview by Mat Kendrick with Paul Lambert.

The Villa boss says he has no fear of a relegation fight at all following Villa flirting with the drop two seasons in a row.

He also says he has no doubt the players he has brought in, following accusations that they are all inexperienced Premiership wise, are good enough to fit straight in.

"Listen, we will fight with everything we have to have a really good season. All we can do is our best. That`s what we will do. Give everything we have. I have a great belief that the young lads can do it. I have no trepidation that they won`t do it. I know from experience, when you get really hungry players they can take you a long way."

He also says he was happy with his transfer budget and that Randy Lerner WOULD have given him more if he`d asked.


The young and hungry plan was Lamberts, albeit one I know for a fact the Club have been very keen to move towards after having spent millions on players who came with big reputations only to flop or leave for less than their purchase price (see: All The Signings In the Randy Lerner Era Updated )

"Randy has been great - I`ve not had a problem, none whatsoever." Adding, "Every football decision is mine. It`s my decision. I need to be comfortable in myself and I`m comfortable with what I`m trying to do.

Full interview: Aston Villa: Paul Lambert rules out a relegation fight.

We`ll do some polls next week asking fans what they think, at the moment we have the win/lose/draw for the Newcastle game, then the man of the match, after that we`ll drill down to your thoughts.

Early impressions folks? I`m - it seems - in the minority at the moment in our transfer thread: Click Here... in fact, I`m being told off or to have some faith! I`ll still be there, I support the manager, I like this board, I stand by my opinion that they are a good bunch, I have had the pleasure to get to know them and think they`ve done plenty good.

I do however, fear for this season. We`ve flirted two seasons on the trot with the drop and I`m not sure we`ve brought in enough experience to do what they are trying to do. YES we need to build, YES we need to change direction, YES we HAVE to build for the future, Randy can`t keep wasting HIS money. However... the here and now? Not sure. First two games showed massive gaps to me, in fact, the Everton game it looked like men v boys. I`m hoping I`ve just got the jitters and I SO want this lot to settle my nerves nice and quickly. I will do nothing but support now that the window is closed, but I`ll also have to employ Rev Pete to do some praying for me also (as I`m not religious)

Fingers crossed, if this lot click, it could be great to see a whole new approach.

Personally, I`d have mixed a bit of experience in as well.... This has to be the least top level experienced squad we`ve had in my lifetime? I`m hoping they dazzle. Mid table consolidation? Additions in Jan and then more next summer when more big wages leave on frees... And also, next season is the largest TV deal the PL has ever had. Hope we remain in the Prem to enjoy that.

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Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday September 1 2012
Time: 2:43PM


It'll be reet.
01/09/2012 15:04:00
Despite the two losses...I'm feeling optimistic. I think we will lose against Newcastle but I still think we're going the right way...we'll pull clear soon enough...AND start scoring...I feel much better than last season, I can tell you that. When I started supporting Villa back in 76....the team had some youngsters then, and they did exceptionally well...all this 'too young' stuff is just pessimism....
01/09/2012 15:11:00
Clench those buttock Villa fans!
01/09/2012 15:19:00
I'd say we more than flirted with relegation last season - the day of the Spurs game was more like heavy petting, to extend the analogy in a totally non personal manner I hasten to add. However - now that the excitement of Paul Goes Mad In the Pound Shop is over, we get to find out. We ll know by Xmas. Its great tho that Fulham got to lose a million on a deal just because the Sherman couldnt find his way off the M25
01/09/2012 15:34:00
I'm probably the biggest moaner on here Fear, but think what lambo is doing is brave and exciting. Maybe we will go down this year but if we stick with himand see how the experiment goes, who knows how we'll come through the other side. Could be interesting times ahead. UTV ABU!
01/09/2012 16:09:00
Wenger paved the way in buying cheap, relatively unknown players, getting the best out of them then selling them for a fortune. It's the model every club wants to follow. Wenger has lost his midas touch but I wish Lambo the best of luck.
01/09/2012 16:12:00
Just trying to think if there is a manager who said around the start of the season, 'Yeah, fella, I think we'll probably go down this season'?
01/09/2012 21:54:00
Saurat -- Wenger is as gifted as ever. It's football that's changed. How can Arsenal compete against Citeh or Abramovich FC? Considering Arsenal are financially stable and still qualify for the Champions League it makes Wenger's achievements all the more remarkable.
01/09/2012 21:57:00
We will be okay Fear, I understand your thoughts though. Watch our improved performance at Newcastle, have a funny feeling we will get a good result. Excited about the new young guns! UTV
01/09/2012 23:03:00
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