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Lambert - Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Lambert - Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

So, well, I didn`t expect to be asking this at this stage of the season I have to be honest.

Things are obviously not going well and blame is being pointed all over the place including our new manager.

So, albeit with reticence, I guess we`ll have to ask in the poll.

Should Paul Lambert resign/be sacked.

I`m not a great one for calling for managers heads, never really been a thing of interest for me, certainly never in articles 'do this, do that` etc... Maybe with owners, but not usually managers!!!

But it is up for debate, to me it looks like we are heading one way and to me this was pretty obvious when we decided to not bring in a bit of experience with the young players. My information is that it was Lamberts policy, maybe he did think the senior players he had here would do better for us? That said, he dropped Bent fairly quickly (after scoring v Saints) and never tried Warnock, I did think when a new manager came in, it would signal a fresh start for all. Warnock under MON when he first came I thought was brilliant.

Bit of an incoherent ramble this, so to the question. Should they gamble and keep him and hope he can keep us up? Or should they gamble and sack, bring in someone else in the hope that the new man has the 'honeymoon` effect and gets us enough points to stay up?

Not easy is it? Especially as this is a manager that the majority seemed very happy to be getting.

Personally, if I was the manager, I`d have offered (up to Randy if he accepted) after a record breaking 8-0 loss. No way, after spending £22 ish million in the summer and with our squad (which fair enough, is also not a top 10 one) should we be being humiliated. Or after the 4-0. Or after losing 3-0 to Wigan. BUT most especially after losing 3-1 to a 4th division side.

But hey, that is just me, a quitter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had said in the summer, with our squad, I feared relegation, you can`t put all the young players in a team and expect them to be able to face experienced, older players and teams with the correct blend (younger and older). I also said whether we go down or not, I`d stick with Lambert. Having seen the ridiculous formation changes, the playing players out of position, the way he almost looks defeated himself sitting on the bench, I`m not very much not of that mind. I`m in the 'what the hell is going on and what the hell should we do` mind. I`m sure the owner, CEO, manager, coaches, players and most fans are of a similar mind.

One thing is for sure, in my humble, and a point that many seem to be missing, these young players are being damaged. Some will be good enough, some are now, but they still need help (as per all the pundits, and our former players/heroes like Big Ron, Laursen, Dublin, Merse, Yorke etc have said) and haven`t go any. Imagine how they are feeling? And no, the 'they are on good money` doesn`t wash. They are still humans, they will be feeling humiliated and you can see now, as soon as we go a goal down, they are all 'oh no, not again`. Not a good situation to have put them in. Not good at all. In fact, I`d say it was negligent. If a pratt like me could see the blend was just not right, how could a £2m a season manager not see it? He's played at the top level, surely he remembers being a young player?!

Ramble over. Vote away, poll on the right hand bottom of the page (and in article comments/forum comments, can we please respect each others views, I`m fed up of some of the responses to each other, fans are fans, we all want the same thing no matter how different we see the way forward)

Forum threads (adult language, not really suitable for the feint hearted or kids)

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday January 14 2013
Time: 10:56AM


Personally, warnock would be a ray of sunshine. Our left backs, defensively, have been poor I reckon. Warnock isn't that bad.
14/01/2013 11:05:00
Fear dude well written and your right, we wanted Lambert but never expected the decisions and youth project so quickly implented by Lambert which has cost us dear, for me Lerner must back him or sack him nothing in-between will do or we will go down!
14/01/2013 11:08:00
I don't want Lambert fine but I'm not confident we will stay up. I actually wish we'd gt relegated last season and Lambert was in The Championship now fighting for a play off spot (although I appreciate PL probably wouldn't have left Norwich if we'd not been a PL club). :(
Adam Deuce
14/01/2013 11:10:00
*gone. Not fine.
Adam Deuce
14/01/2013 11:11:00
I don't get this "We wanted" Lambert. No Villa fans I know did. A few thou at Norwich sung his name granted but I expected a more experienced and high-profile gaffer to manage the institution that is Aston Villa Football Club. Too much "Dog and Duck" mentality these last few years. Anyway, for the record my vote is GET RID. We may go down with another manager but I am pretty sure we are goosed with this chap in charge. Bloody hope I am wrong.
14/01/2013 11:14:00
axe should have fallen before xmas. Too late now for a new man to do much now. The window has been wasted. Need a manager that can organise the team and give them some structure and tactics
14/01/2013 11:34:00
Out of the crap that was available at the time and thats the key here "at the time" He was the best available that would come to Villa Park given the wage & spending restrictions in place. Lest we forget by now the squad was threadbare several players having departed he needed to fill these gaps with players on lower wages hence the youth policy crap which I have never really believed if true then hes cooked his own goose more likely the 20 mill to replace those who left but on half the wages was never going to be enough to buy several quality players. Sorry Randy & PF the fair play rules arent in force yet you spend peanuts you get monkeys and with the amount of players who departed we needed serious investment to replace them the alternative now stares us in the face,REGARDLESS OF WHO THE MANAGER IS.
14/01/2013 11:39:00
Polls looking conclusive at the moment. He should stay. In the long term he'll be great for us. He has my support.
14/01/2013 11:52:00
I don' think it is in Lambert's long-term interests to be bloody-minded, and I'm sure he doesn't really want a relegation on his CV. While totally baffling in some respects, there must be a good reason why the likes of Warnock, Hutton and Bent are not being selected. Considering last season that everyone said Hutton, Dunne and Warnock should never play for us again, why the sudden volte-face? The biggest problem for me is Lambert's constant tinkering with team selection and tactics - this may have served him well at Norwich, but he had that side for 3 years. He needs to be more pragmatic and find his best 11 and play them - we haven't the squad for rotation. He has not become a bad manager overnight, but does seem to let his stubbornness transcend all.
14/01/2013 11:58:00
It wasn't a few that sang for him at last seasons final game at Norwich, it was almost the entire away following. And it is the away following that can be genearlly considered (in most cases anyhow) to be the core support. If there wasnt effort being applied and if it appeared he had 'lost' the dressing room, as the man with no name had last season, then thoughts might be different, but we should show faith and give even more support now. Wolves showed us last season what not to do and they would all have McCarthy back in a flash. We know investment is needed in certain areas. We didn't expect to be two senior centre halfs down for as long as we have. He had faith in KEA with his Champions League experience being a lot more influential than he has. It is these two areas that need addressing. Maybe when Vlaar returns it is worth putting Clark in front of the back two and have him provide some strength to Westwood and Delph. But lets not do a Wolves. Good people show their ability when times are at their toughest. I still feel that we will come through this and look back on the season with pride. Hopefully with a trophy and a mid table finish (both realistic). Keep the faith.
14/01/2013 11:59:00
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