Stick or Twist?
midbedsvillan01 asks do Villa stick or twist?
Having watched the debacle at Millwall last night I thought I would wait for the furore to die down before I threw in my threepennyworth.
As what is probably our darkest hour since the late sixties appears to be approaching at a rapid rate of knots, I would ask this question should we stick with Lambert or should we change again?
Having been on the terraces during every relegation the Villa have suffered since the 58/59 season history seems to say changing the manager has little effect in changing the fortunes of teams in decline.
From when Joe Mercer took over from Eric Houghton, Cummings from Taylor and Docherty from Cummings. We stuck with Mercer when we were relegated he had a young team and he got us back. They stuck with Vic Crowe when we relegated to Division 3 in 69/70. He got us back. I know things in both financial and football terms are different now but I believe the fundamentals are still the same change is not always the answer.
Lambert has had the team for 5 months they have gone from the next best thing to sliced bread after the Liverpool game to apparently the worst team ever to put football boots for team, and Lambert from one of the up and coming coaches to one who hasn't a clue.
For people to suggest that most of these players couldn't give a toss about the club is most cases I believe is stupid most of the team are extremely young in Premier League terms and most are trying to make a future for themselves if they get it wrong they can very quickly end up as journeyman players in the lower leagues or non league as has proven in the past.
Whilst what is happening at the moment is not at all pleasant and relegation is a distinct threat and would be very depressing it is not Armageddon.
Paul Lambert is a proven coach moulding young players into teams that have been promoted to the top flight of English football, what he has been asked to do at Villa is to backwards engineer a team in the top flight to be able to remain there in one season after two seasons of decline and to do it in one season.
STICK OR TWIST?