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Paul Lambert Quotes - All Going On Isn't It?!?!?!

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!

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 24 2013

Time: 4:21PM

Your Comments

Bought the Mail today - never has it carried a more accurate front page!
Can understand the split about exactly where I am. Very gratefull for all the money Randy Lerner has invested in Villa but cant understand him sitting back and watching it crumble. RE Lambert has proved himself a good manager elsewhere and inherited a shambles with a load of dross,but at the same time his tactics puzzle me and he sticks with some players who are clearly not good enough in my opinion EG Bennet,Bannan & Ireland.You should know your best 11 half way through a season and if that was it against Bradford I shudder at the thought of the rest of the season.
Cant John Gregory come back to assist him???
Can hear the cries of constructive dismissal already Gibbo gregory back 2 minutes and there would be a punch up lol Think Laursen back to coach the defence would help though.
Disgusted at the ex players coming out in the press when they were praising Eck last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Think Ireland is played through injury Merlin. Bennet looks great going forward but very average at the back. Still better than Warnock. There can be NO excuse for playing Bannan though and agree entirely. It is obvious to all that we need another CM ASAP. We should've/could've 24 days ago!!!!!!!!!!!
**Injury to others.
What pressure? Worst case for him is he gets the sack and a couple of million quid, then gets another premier league job in a few months time.
bikini inspector
444 your TV coverage must be heavilly edited. Bennett is almost as shocking going forward as he is defensively. He can't beat a player, can't pass and can't cross.
He has no idea how to make runs either. Just stands there until its played to his feet. Worse than de la cruz.
bikini inspector
Villa are 27th on the Deloitte 'Rich List' below L'Pool, Everton and Spurs. There is no way back to the big time without a new -- wealthier -- owner. That's the sad reality.
Pass me the rope and the chair. Goodbye cruel world.
Don't know if anyone has heard PL's interview on the official site regarding the Millwall match but he sounds like a man drowning!
a man drowing ? so a bunch of gurgles gasps for air amoungst splashy sounds in the background .. At this point i don't think us fans have the answer at all .. and we have the luxury of changing our minds with impunity with zxero accountability behind anonymous names .. too easy to point out the mistakes so far .. If i was lambert and co i would not listen to us any more! not after the last three firings/hirings and our input At this point I am just pining my hopes on us turning it round as is .. some would say that is putting your head in the sand ... I would say sacking a manager 8 months into a term we sang for for a club now in decline for 3 years is pretty much the same thing! lets try something different for a change! .. lets stick by a manager for more than a year!
Yes highly doubt Bennet is better than Warnock at the moment, he might be one day but the early signs are not good. Jan 25th and not so much as a rumor!! Newcastle are spending, QPR are spending, Reading are spending, Villa are sleeping. Think someone needs to wake Randy up and let him know the transfer window is open, if he knows what that is?!?! Seems to me that he doesn't like football, because no man in their right mind would just sit there silently and watch this. Surely there's a better owner out there?? For get the PL out's, nothing will change with this muppet in charge of our club. Randy out, I've had enough.
Oh Southampton are spending too!! 10mil bid for Coutinho. Randy is so weak, as if you wouldn't just communicate. He has no idea what us fans are going through.
Well said colon. ;) I think for the best part we all think we can do better an that our opinion is spot on. And that's not a bad thing, not at all. The reality is that we are just supporters, we'll follow villa where ever they go. We can't do much more than support the guys when they play and vent our frustrations when they are not! I've said it before, it'll get worse before it gets better. Hopefully not much worse. Lets look at the positives and try and take things a little more with a pinch of salt. Just the 1 defeat in 4 games. UTV
here is hoping! although my worry would be banners in the holte end and boos at half time by villa fans ... where as i understand that every game match or sport i have ever attended i have cursed when things go badly but still roar on my support for my team .. it doesn't really help to be booed by your own fans .. in my humble opinion
OK, Colonius, you've made a bold statement. 'Stick with a manager for more than a year'. I'm willing to give Lambert -- and Lerner and Faulkner -- a year and a day from Lambert's appointment in 2012. Even if Villa go down bottom. After that if there isn't sign of a Swansea type plan or communication from the board or some decent signings, then the knives will come out again. UTV!!! In Lambo we trust!!!
You can go back as far as you like, the bottom line is, it's Lerner's fault, end of.
Pride of Lions
What is happening to Villa is dreadful, disgusting and deplorable but I don't think getting rid of Lambert is the answer. I can't see anyone capable of picking up the reins and this is not the time to be leaderless. As gut wrenchingly horrible as things are at the moment we really have no option but to stick together and hope for the best. Support the boys in full and roar our hearts out, hoping that it will have some impact. It is our only hope. UTV.
PS: I should make it clear that I am in living in Australia presently. Please be assured that I will still be roaring my heart out but probably not affecting too much other than pi$$ing off the neighbours! I'm relying on you guys to make some noise on my behalf until I get back!
It appears that Lambert was confirmed Villa manager on 02.06.12. In that case he and his employers have until 3rd June, 2013 to get a grip or this lone fan will be doing everything he can after that to criticize and undermine them. Until then -- and hopefully after, too -- In Lambert We Trust...and always UTV!!!
Oops, a year and a day means that 4th June, this year is D-Day as far as this fan is concerned. UTV!!!
Bring back Ron Saunders
Maybe we should wait until 6 June if you want D-Day :). I had high hopes for Lambert but pretty much everything he has done has been an absolute disaster. Somebody above criticised ex-players for speaking out against PL after supporting McLeish last season, yet PL seems to be beating McL hands down for breaking records. PL deserves all the stick he is getting right now, because I can't for the life of me see anything positive about his time at VP.
Seeing those great names on the front of the mail who have in the past worn the shirt genuinely breaks my heart for Villa and the state we are currently in.

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