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Last Chance Saloon for Lambert

Last Chance Saloon for Lambert

Smell the Glove says:

If Villa fans were in any doubt as to the severity of our plight before Saturday afternoon`s game against Southampton, its result brought it into sharp relief.

The ignominy of yet another home defeat to a relegation-threatened rival, coupled with the familiar lacklustre and spiritless performance from Paul Lambert`s team, saw the club plumb new depths in our abysmal campaign so far.

Our capitulations to the likes of Wigan, Tottenham, the aberration at Stamford Bridge and our humiliating mauling in the league cup at Bradford City was tempered afterwards by the supposition that the club has reached its nadir; that surely we had reached rock bottom.

Conversely, each new defeat has heaped further misery on the long-suffering fans, whose fears could be allayed and doubts assuaged if they were to witness just a faint semblance of a cohesive and committed performance from their team. Instead, akin to a cruel mistress who spurns and mocks those who fall in love with her, Aston Villa Football Club excels in inflicting anguish upon her devotees.

This weekend`s descent into the league`s relegation zone saw the five other relegation candidates all pick up priceless points. Our ailing team have been written off as relegation certainties by the football press and pundits alike. With the worst goal difference in the league, an impotent goal threat, our confidence shot and a paltry 30 points from our last 38 league games, who could argue otherwise?

Opposing teams have our card marked before a ball has even been kicked. They exploit Villa`s obvious naivety, lack of physical presence and wreak havoc in our final third. Our own lack of cohesion and competence at this level has been plain to see, and not even the staunchest of Lambert`s fans could deny that his tactics and selection policy have been anything but dubious of late. Lambert`s lions have looked more like lambs to the slaughter.

Whether it is blind faith or delusion that has gripped our fanbase, the consensus appears to be that Paul Lambert should be afforded the time (and club financing) to stabilise the club and avert the catastrophe of relegation. This season`s reliance on youth and untried rookies has backfired spectacularly thus far. The paucity of league experience within our squad is glaringly obvious and needs to be remedied immediately.

When pushed for answers and explanations by the press, the brevity of Lambert`s response can at times be disconcerting. His flippant replies may hint at a dislike of the football press in general, but his prosaic musings on the exclusion of Darren Bent and more recently the massive relegation concerns of Villa fans, did little to dispel the notion that he`s struggling to find the solution to our problems.

The well-documented financial constraints imposed upon Lambert by owner Randy Lerner should in no way be ignored. Nor should the lack of foresight of Chief Executive Paul Faulkner, who at the end of last season said: 'A disaster would have been getting relegated but this was too close for comfort'. The limited funds they afforded Lambert last summer suggests that they were willing to paper over the very obvious cracks of our threadbare squad.

Relinquishing the talents of quality players like Gareth Barry, James Milner, Ashley Young and Stewart Downing for purely financial reasons and without sourcing adequate replacements is not only foolish but incompetent too. It is self-inflicted damage committed by the very people whose remit is to keep our club stable and competitive.

If adequate funding is not forthcoming now, Lerner and Faulkner should both question their own aptitude for their respective roles. If this fine football club of ours is to sink further into the mire without any kind of fight, then they`ve only themselves to blame.


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Writer:Smell the Glove
Date:Tuesday January 15 2013
Time: 11:30AM


Been mocked and abused for prediciting we would finish 18th on here few months ago. Hate to say it but it looks like likely. Lambert is doing a TERRIBLE job. He will take us down.
We're Not Fickle
15/01/2013 11:54:00
So it's last chance saloon for Lambert but the last 2 paragraphs were admitting that he had a very average squad to work with (the worst in the prem bar reading IMO.) Who's going to come in on these meagre backings and get us where we want??? Lambert may not be perfect but everyone replacing him will have the same problems.
15/01/2013 11:56:00
Very eloquent who do you think would take over as :- 1)Manager 2)Chairman I think we all have to bite the bullet see where we land at the end of the season and trust in the current Manager. Because lets face it we are averaging nearly 2 Managers a season at the moment. I am impressed on every bodies hind sight abilities though.
15/01/2013 11:57:00
What is anyone supposed to do with one of the poorest squads I have ever witnessed as a Villa fan? We nearly went down with Houllier who had a pretty decent team, we were extremely lucky to stay up with McLeish who had lost Young and Downing at the start of the season and now we simply don't have the strength or quality to compete. If Houllier did not have Young or Downing, I am almost certain we would have been relegated back then. It all comes from the top, if we don't spend money which unfortunately is what is required in todays game, then the other teams will only continue to improve leaving us behind. We are in serious trouble and if and when we do go, because it's been coming for a while, I would not want Lambert sacked. I can see what he's trying to do, if only he was allowed to buy experienced players to mix it up.
15/01/2013 12:02:00
God, I can't believe Southampton are going to sign Forren. So depressing. He is exactly what we need at the back. From Twitter: Cracking left foot. Great in the air. Reads the game. Lightening pace. Great tackler. Top passer. No weaknesses.
15/01/2013 12:02:00
I find it hard to argue with this. I've never been a great one for calling for managers heads etc but I am shocked at just how badly this one is doing. If this had been last season, he who shall not be named would have been shot by snipers by now. It does appear to me that it is Lambert and Lamberts policy alone to have decided youth from lower leagues and no experience was the way to go. he did get £22m and did himself say that there was more if he'd wanted it. Not saying above is blameless, of course it isn't, we've seen too many exits (and the first manager had far too much of a free reign) but blimey, Lambert, surely he could have us around 12th and not in relegation danger? He appears to me to be the new tinkerman, changes so often, even after wins, no wonder the players look like they don't know what they are doing.

Got the same in the forum we're not fickle, including angry pm's. Was quite surprised as it doesn't look like rocket science to me!
The Fear
15/01/2013 12:04:00
I agree Villan444. Yes Lambert hasn't enjoyed a great first 6 months at our club but calling for him to be sacked at this stage is a joke. No one better would take over, and no one else could turn this team around at the moment. He inherited a very poor team and was given £20m in the summer to rebuild? We needed a dozen very good players and you can't do that with £20m, so no wonder he went into the lower divisions. You couldnt have signed 7 players from top top leagues that we need for the money he was given. Also, surely the last three years have taught us that constant chop and changing and instability is adding to this great club's downfall? 5 managers in 3 years (including caretakers).. who's going to want to join a club when they know the manager that signed them could be out the door 6 months later? I'm not saying Lambert has done everything right at all, but no one can do better out there and we need to stick by him and the team. Just pray to God that Randy loosens the pursestrings and helps him out a bit in these last two weeks of the transfer window
15/01/2013 12:06:00
Olof I agree we really should be going for Forren.. looks a very good player both for now and the future.
15/01/2013 12:11:00
Lets be realistic for a second or two. Randy is going nowhere. If he chooses not to spend any money in the current transfer window then I, like the vast majority of fans on here, think we'll be relegated. Sacking the manager? Not for me. I still think Lambert will come good given time. Also for all the calls to sack him on this site I have not heard one good suggestion of who will replace him. Who is the amazing manager that will want to take over? Anyone? ...
Bobby Norman
15/01/2013 12:16:00
We should be blaming a manager for our plight, not PL though, there is only one to blame and that is O'Neill, it was a very dark day for our club when he was appointed. Yes he brought us some good times especially beating Manure 1-0 however the mess he left after him and the waste of the Chairman’s money has caused much of our problem. We are the worst team in the division at the moment, we would probably need 6 wins to stay up and that is not going to happen. There will be at least two second City derbies next year and we are as well to face up to that fact, that is provided the noses are not relegated themselves. COTVABU
irish villa
15/01/2013 12:22:00
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