Stick With Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert has come into Aston Villa FC and made a huge error of judgement. At short notice, he has constructed a young team almost devoid of Premier League experience. I expect he did so under instruction to move on the high earners, but also with a degree of deluded confidence after his inexperienced Norwich team did well last season.
The big difference is that Norwich did so with a settled team on the back of two successive promotion campaigns with all the confidence that brings.
If you look at Saturday`s line up, other than Gabby, the only players with more than 20 Premier League appearances are:
Delph, Herd & Albrighton, none of whom could be considered as established PL players. It is an unforgiving league and we look a very poor team indeed. Surely Lambert has been around the game long enough to realise his error, but he can do nothing about it now until January.
I suspect then that he will move Bent (who looks disinterested) on and look to replace him with two or three experienced heads. A centre half and a couple of creative players are a must.
One thing is for certain, if we do not change we will be relegated by Easter. I don`t think Lambert should be sacked - what good will it do?
If someone else comes in they can do nothing until January either and lack of funds will put most off anyway. One crumb of comfort from Saturday is that (Bent apart) the commitment of these players to put a shift in for the manager cannot be in question.
Hopefully, with more games, the likes of Holman, Vlaar El Ahmadi and Benteke can begin to adjust to the demands of the league.
It might just be enough… we can only hope.