Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday January 24 2013
Few different quotes from Paul Lambert today and I think some are cherry picking the worst bits to make him look worse than he is (can this season get much worse? Gulp, yes!)
So here goes, a balance I hope of different ones...
He talks about pressure and says he thrives on it and is used to it, adding:
"I have been living with pressure most of my life, with the clubs that I have been at. This is a huge club. You should have pressure all the time with amount of people who come to watch it. You should have pressure on your shoulders anyway. It`s not something I am going to buckle under. I could hide from it as a player!"
The quote that has annoyed a fair few is him saying the fans aren`t hurting as much as him.
What, it appears, he actually said was:
'I know exactly how our fans are hurting because I am hurting exactly the same. The crowd were right with us and we let them down.'
And he carried on re: pressure saying 'I have loved it for years. Does it affect me? Not really. The players and fans are my main concern. They are the most important people.'
And on relegation:
"You don`t want to go down by any stretch, no chance. Absolutely no chance. What you are asking me about relegation a load of other managers are being asked the same thing. There are a lot of teams in this situation. We know we have to fight like hell to get out of this situation. You roll up your sleeves and get on with it, or you just roll over - and we`re not going to roll over. I knew the situation when I came in and I had to rebuild it from what it had been in the past few years. I knew the remit and I spoke to Randy and he`s been great, has always been great."
Must admit, I don`t see the building this season, not knee jerk, said it at the start, think the squad selections HE made, are ridiculous, however, I`m not going to slate him via misquotes, the above all seems relatively fair to me.
Must admit, if I was him, I`d have had the decency to tender my resignation though. 8-0, 4-0, 3-0 was enough. Saints doing the double, not good. But Bradford? Appalling.
We are in free fall, keeping him is a gamble, getting rid is a gamble. Bad times and it looks like fans, press and former Villa heroes are all the same, in a panic over it.
And according to Pat Murphy at The BBC, he is safe even if we do go down.
Murphy added: 'If the unthinkable happened and Villa were relegated I think Lerner would still stick with Lambert. He backed the manager's decision to go for young, hungry players last summer to the tune of £23m and he admires Lambert's conviction.'They talk regularly each week and I don't think Lerner has wobbled about the manager. Lerner hasn't sacked a Villa manager during a season. He feels it's shooting yourself in the foot. He wants calm decision-making and stability.'
The Birmingham Mail have certainly taken a strong editorial line recently, very interesting (click image for Mail article) :
And our forum and article comments show that fans are still split, some want the manager to have time, some want him gone, some want Randy to stay, others point their fingers at him.
Ouch, what turbulent times!
Date:Thursday January 24 2013
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