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How Do We Turn This Around

Excellent piece from Jake today that I imagine will strike a chord with many.

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When times are bad and you have made mistakes and when things are going against you in life I have always found that the best thing to do is to face up to your mistakes, admit you are wrong and remedy the situation as soon as humanely possible. I believe Randy Lerner and Paul Lambert need to do this to help save Aston Villa.

Let`s start with Lambert. He came in with a record that was impressive, he has had three seasons in a row of unqualified success, he therefore has not had to deal with failure. David Moyes commented that in his first difficult year at Everton he did not know what to say when the team went on a bad run as he had never experienced failure as a manager. I believe Lambert is in the same situation now.

His belief that youth, enthusiasm and his ability to motivate are enough to create a winning formula has been found to be fatally flawed. It doesn`t work at a massive club, particularly one which is experiencing a steep decline. The club expects more and when a big club is in a tailspin they drop harder and faster. A big club needs the fans to believe, it needs a good sized squad, it needs to be organised and sure of its direction and it needs a style of play that it can be proud of.

Lambert now needs to start using all of the resource he has available.

He needs to galvanise the squad and create a feeling of togetherness. He has to stop ostracising senior pros like Bent who he has treated disgracefully. How can a man of his talents not even be included in two match day squads in a row when he was fully fit? Lambert did this to him and it sends out a message of arrogance and naivety. He has to stop doing this.

Similarly sending two experienced pros, like Warnock and Hutton, to train with the youth team when we are stretched for talent is criminal behaviour. We are paying these players wages so we should use and motivate them. They may not be top drawer but they are better than Stephens, Lihaj and Bennett. To discard them and disrespect them in this manner is disgraceful.

If we have no money to spend then Lambert needs to use the entire squad at his disposal - including Gabby, Bent, Dunne, Warnock and Hutton. He needs to start again, admit that his current direction is folly and his experiment has failed.

We just have to get through this season, he can start again in the summer and create the squad he wants but now is the time to use all at his disposal and forget the policy of divide and rule.

Similarly Randy Lerner and Paul Faulkner need to stop concentrating on the bottom line and once again reinvest into this squad. Three years of asset stripping and balancing the books has brought about the loss of key personnel and drained the squad of the quality required to stay in the Premier League. They need to bolster the squad and insist that Lambert uses all his senior pros instead of trying to make their life so intolerable that they will hand in a transfer request.

There can be no more 'bigger picture` policy for the remainder of the season. We need to regroup, re-galvanise and admit that the management of this club have got it very badly wrong. We have the three weeks of January to do this or it will truly be too late.

Finally we fans have to keep going down and supporting the club. To date we have been magnificent in backing Lambert despite his glaring errors and tactical inadequacy.

Perhaps we need another 12th man campaign. It worked last time, perhaps it can work again. Over to you Mr Fear!

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Writer:Jake Findlay
Date:Sunday January 13 2013
Time: 7:34PM

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Appreciate your passion Jake. We certainly need a few experienced heads (CB and CM) and I think most are agreed on this. I think we had experience last year mixed the youth and we were in the same boat because the experienced players were not of the required quality or character. Can Lambert motivate Warnock, Hutton and Dunne? If he believes so much in his motivational talents then maybe he should try though I think there is more behind their exclusion than finance which leaves us looking for a Billionaire to underwrite the club which is... going round in circles again. Personally, I think we need a real leader, an iron man on the pitch to galvanize everyone. Vlaar is far to quiet for me. They need someone in the middle who they can lean on and be inspired by; someone with real character and presence. I think that would make a massive difference right now above anything.
Villa_Grizzly
13/01/2013 19:58:00
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we are desperate for quality not experience. we do not need players looking for a final pay day, however where we get them from i dont know and nobody else sems to either. i cannot remember another window when we have been linked with so few realistic targets. i realy do not know where we are going from top to bottom
madforit
13/01/2013 20:12:00
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We need to buy players, that is the only way to avoid relegation, it's simple. If we don't buy, Randy Lerner is relegating us and my god I hope he suffers for it, we might in the process but oh well.
P.Avfc
13/01/2013 20:24:00
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Buy,sack or do nothing. Everybody knows it will be do nothing.
tarzansbrother
13/01/2013 20:35:00
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Give him some more bloody tools then !! http://www.astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=7512455
son_of_cher
13/01/2013 20:40:00
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Excellent article but Lerner isn't going to change. He brought into the Bubble that is the EPL when a club like Villa could dream of the Champs (Chumps?) League and when the mad Russian at Stamford Bridge still held the biggest stick. Sheikh Mansour at Citeh changed everything. Spurs have shown the glass can be broken at the top but Levy is a far more experienced and canny operator than Lerner. Spurs probably have footie men in high places at WHL. Villa, seemingly, have none. Agree entirely about the disgraceful treatment of Bent. The fact that so many so-called supporters have been slagging him off is also disgraceful after his contributions to the cause. He'll never be world class but neither are Villa at the moment and his goals have been and could be the difference between the EPL and the Championship. Lambert might possibly believe that Villa can be like the terrific young Man Utd and Ajax sides of the 90's. Villa can't be. Not yet. There are no Beckham's, Scholes, Giggs or Nevilles much less Litmanen's, Kluiverts, Seerdorf's or de Boer's. To get that quality Randy Lerner needs to invest. He is unlikely too.
VillaWillRiseAgain
13/01/2013 20:40:00
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Really missing Petrov right now.
Lock
13/01/2013 20:43:00
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Having once called James Milner a 'Judas' on this site is a big personal regret. His performance for Citeh today is an illustration of what Villa lost. No wonder MON quit. Milner isn't a 'Judas' but a terrific player who deserves his Champions medal. Being a harsh critic of MON -- for all his faults -- is also a regret. The MON years seem like halcyon days compared to the Lerner-Faulkner inflicted mess of 2012/2013.
VillaWillRiseAgain
13/01/2013 20:44:00
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I don't understand the criticism for Lambert. I don't think we (as Villans) have realised how poor our squad is! PL inherited the cheapest (excluding Bent) and youngest squad in the entire premier league. Even worse though is that the quality in our team is pathetic. I can't name any team in the premier league that would table a bid for any defender or midfielder at our club. Who thinks Q.P.R. would table a bid for a Villa player outside of Bent? The worst team in the league might only want 1 player from our club... How pathetic is that! Is it PL's fault that he inherited kids? Is it PL's fault that he received no backing from RL? Is it PL's fault that most of the best performing players (Benteke, holman, westwood,vlaar,guzan) are all his signings???? What else can the man do? We are sitting 18th with the WORST squad in the premier league. Everyone can see we need a left back, a quality DM, creative CM/winger and a quality CB. Do you know what happens if we sign them? We end up playing a team that consists of virtually ONLY PL signings. Yes PL was given such rubbish that the only way we can compete is to BUY AN ENTIRE NEW TEAM! PL has not been perfect but please give the guy a break. Randy Lerner and his waste of space board are to blame. We could have Jose Mourniho here and he would do nothing with this squad.
Astriel
13/01/2013 20:48:00
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I don't understand the criticism for Lambert. I don't think we (as Villans) have realised how poor our squad is! PL inherited the cheapest (excluding Bent) and youngest squad in the entire premier league. Even worse though is that the quality in our team is pathetic. I can't name any team in the premier league that would table a bid for any defender or midfielder at our club. Who thinks Q.P.R. would table a bid for a Villa player outside of Bent? The worst team in the league might only want 1 player from our club... How pathetic is that! Is it PL's fault that he inherited kids? Is it PL's fault that he received no backing from RL? Is it PL's fault that most of the best performing players (Benteke, holman, westwood,vlaar,guzan) are all his signings???? What else can the man do? We are sitting 18th with the WORST squad in the premier league. Everyone can see we need a left back, a quality DM, creative CM/winger and a quality CB. Do you know what happens if we sign them? We end up playing a team that consists of virtually ONLY PL signings. Yes PL was given such rubbish that the only way we can compete is to BUY AN ENTIRE NEW TEAM! PL has not been perfect but please give the guy a break. Randy Lerner and his waste of space board are to blame. We could have Jose Mourniho here and he would do nothing with this squad.
Astriel
13/01/2013 20:49:00
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