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Guzan Has Faith In Lambert

Brad Guzan has described the Spurs defeat as a 'bump in the road' and said Paul Lambert's long term vision for the club is spot on and will reap it's own rewards in time.

Not sure a bump given the results is appropriate, a crater feels more apt.

Speaking to the Official Site following another heavy loss, but more importantly, another game without a performance and without the drive and determination we'd become accustomed to, Brad said:

'It's not the result we wanted but we have to keep pressing forward. It's a bump in the road but it doesn't throw us off the track. We know what we're trying to do here. We're still confident as a team and individuals and confident about where the manager and his coaching staff are taking us. We keep looking and moving forward and sticking together. Coming up short in this one is frustrating, but you have to find a way to keep pressing forward.'

Very few of us I suspect expected anything other than a determined performance from the Chelsea and Spurs games, and we sadly didn't even get that, and the big worry is the confidence has been shot by the scoreline. To some degree that worry was borne out with how tentative and nervous the players seemed against Spurs.

January was always going to be our month really with the fixtures we have coming up, and Wigan now takes on even more importance because the team need to respond. As Lambert has said himself, only a win will do really, and we need it to lift everybody again.

You don't need to look to far to see people starting to question Lambert's actions, the same childish insults are being bandied around again about the board, and the old rumour and supposition about the Chairman's remaining interest in the club, his ambitions for us and all the old snappy catchphrases are starting to dominate most discussions.

It's to be expected as people vent their frustrations with our league position, so if the players need a victory to give themselves a lift again and get us back on track pre Chelsea, the fans most certainly need something to cheer about again so faith can be restored that we are making progress and not that the November/December run we did have, will turn out to be the highlight of the season where the unthinkable happens.

Most agreed January would give us the answers to Lambert's project...nothing in that regard has changed. Fans in the main are just a hell of a lot more nervous now it seems.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 27 2012

Time: 2:21PM

Your Comments

And so do I.
chocolate teapot
Agree entirely about the lads looking nervous against Spurs Mike but thought that the comment RE: childish insults was pretty childish itself mate. Randy may well back PL in the window but we don't see or hear from him so how do we know. He doesn't read anything that us mere mortals write on sites like this and even if he did he'd ignore us anyway but if PL isn't backed then it will get a lot worse from many more.
Villan444
V444 if Lerner was about we would have thousands of posts on how he is interfering, my MD does to follow me to every meeting or appointment I go to. On the team, yep we got obliterated, but I believe we are making improvements, although I was expecting better performances in the last wonames.
ormskirk
Big difference between interfering and no-one ever hearing you speak ormskirk. Think that we're making some improvements but we're like a 3rd tier team at times and look so out of depth. Bradford should be a walkover but we'll get hammered in the final...
Villan444
From what I can work out Villa have made a loss of around 100 million since RL took over. Question is was this borrowed money from RL or was it already in the clubs account. Im wondering if RL wants to claw back this 100 mill then start again, learning from past mistakes, as if the last six years bever happened.
PiperUK
I am not an anti-Lerner person. However I got thinking when I heard that Villa were one of few PL clubs to vote against the proposed finance regulations. I had thought we would support them. Two reasons seem to be possible: 1. that Lerner is concerned that a balanced budget would put off would be buyers given that the Villa budget is limited by attendances and average spend per seat or 2. that the proposed regulations would help to maintain the current order with the clubs in the CL able to spend the most to maintain their position. No doubt many on here will lean to the former, I still think its the latter. We're not fickle? Ha ha. By the way I was proud to see that the Holte End finally stood up last night after the part time fans had gone home and supported the manager.
Gordonsleftboot
444 childish name calling of a CEO for example, (and he's not the only target) who has brought in record investment and sponsorship deals which helped support O'Neill's desire to build a squad he never played...yeah it's childish and you know it mate.

Why do we need to (I do agree I'd like him to be more vocal) but Randy has never wanted to be Mr Aston Villa, actions prove louder than words, and his actions have seen every manager backed to the hilt until the club's financial future was in doubt. He still then let Houllier spend cira 30million in January didn't he. Do you want Ellis back talking about Ronaldo and all that crap, or do you want Randy letting the manager live or die by his choices? I'll take the latter, even though I'd still like at least an annual OS sanctioned interview on where we are, where do we want to go etc.

And yes, the club and Randy are well aware of fan feelings mate. It's not their job to always act on it, they have to make their own decisions, but they know. PL has said he had money left in the summer, there will be an additional budget for January...he's been backed, what he chooses to do with it is up to him and his neck on the line.

Bradford will be a walkover but we'll get hammered in the final, I could equally argue Bradford won't be a walkover and we won't get hammered in the final as I could Manchester City would put us out of it earlier in the competition! Counting chickens and all that.

Piper, it's because of the money Randy put in to fund us. Yes it's a loss, but it's 90% a loss based on cash he covered so we don't have a bank wanting to liquidate us etc. He can't claw it back because most of the loan repayments don't kick in until future years, so despite what some say, he is keeping us afloat because we pushed too far in the hope for top four and it didn't work. He'll have his money back, but not overnight, so now we are on a financial footing again, we can grow properly, hopefully be more successful in the meantime and it means that the club will be generating more than enough cash to not only repay the loans but also be financially stable to compete despite the loans being repaid, as opposed to where we have been which is not generating enough because of our wage issues to compete without having a sugar daddy in effect.

Gordon, the best I can give there is after we've suffered the pain of cutting our cloth and getting on a sensible footing why the hell would we accept a deal that means you can only grow your wages by 5% a season. It would mean our hard work in the last few season would harm us because 5% of our current wage bill would be ridiculous compared to 5% of Man U's wage bill.

Why should we be financially stable, and then suffer because of that rule when our restructuring means we could add 50% to the wage bill and still be quids in. I would assume we are wanting a 5% based on free turnover or something like that now or something that means should5 world class players who are willing to come here be available we can throw 60+ a week at them, but under the rules suggested we wouldn't be able to.
mike_field
 

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