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Paul Lambert Points To Randy Lerner?

Mat Kendrick at The Birmingham Mail has some interesting quotes from Paul Lambert.

Looks like a 'not my fault guvnor` type of thing and certainly points the fingers to Randy Lerner.

Putting aside his mad tactics, strange formations that aren`t working and all that this season, he talks of wages.

You have to ask, just how long does the cost cutting have to take place? We`ve sold most of our best players, we have a few dinosaurs on massive wages yet to go and then there is the one 'star` player (as in bought for massive money, massive reputation etc, I know some don`t rate him and obviously others do) left then, in Darren Bent. We are then pretty much done experience wise aren`t we?

I think this manager has made mistake after mistake, the main one being thinking he can do what he did with Norwich in the lower leagues with Aston Villa right from the get go. However, it also looks, if all this is right, that Randy has left the building.

Lambert says he wanted a defender in the January transfer window but couldn`t bring one in because the wages were too high.

"We couldn`t afford anyone massive. Randy Lerner`s been great and I knew the remit."

And then the alarming bit. I hate loans in the Premiership and think the rules should be changed back so Clubs can`t do it, however I think we all believed we`d get a few experienced loans to help get us out of the relegation fight? Sod principles etc, just do it!

Well, Lambert says: "We couldn`t get many loans short-term because of the salaries."

And hopefully Mat won`t mind me quoting one line from him: Asked if Villa were now unable to compete financially with the likes of Stoke and Newcastle, Lambert replied: "Yes, that`s too high for us."

Lambert also confirmed we had no offers for any of our players.

"There have been plenty of custodians of Aston Villa since 1874 and if I can`t make it work, I will do what the others did, move on and let someone else try" Randy Lerner when he first came to Aston Villa. Have circumstances changed?

Sad times. People talking of protests again, the hurt, the frustration of fans and the total desperation as to what has happened in just a few short years. From challenging the top four to challenging in the bottom four and this January showed no appetite to spend to get out of it.

I just hope if anyone does do protests, they wait until we are either mathematically safe or mathematically down. I also fear what happens then, it is one thing saying Randy Out, it is another getting a buyer to make it so.

Oh and the picture at the top? That is an illustration of the clear protest already going on. The Newcastle attendance, one would assume, is just the start of an alarming drop in attendances.

See: Attendance Watch - Crowds Dropping

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 2 2013

Time: 10:33AM

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Itis awful watcing our great club crumble into the Championship, that is where we will benext season. we are the worst team in the devission indeed I would think also well into he bottom half of the Championship. Lambert has turned out tobe a very poor choice, he is another stubern dower scott who has no idea what he is doing. COTVABU
irish villa
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02/02/2013 10:57:00

What have we been saying for ages? Randy Lerner and his cost cutting wages has killed this club, so its official, Lambert has had enough by the soundsof it, Randy Lerner please try and sell up mate, i read this and felt sad, not being able to compete financially with Stoke?? My head is hanging low and feel sad in the gut!
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02/02/2013 11:14:00

I think RL has shown himself to be a very bad businessman from day 1 at the Villa, ok he will make a profit on his investment when it comes to selling, but a lack of investment in the transfer window has condemned the club to championship status thus devaluing the club by at least 50M I also think he was forced out of the credit card business and the Cleveland Browns BECAUSE he is such a poor businessman. It is in his best interests to put the club on the market asap whilst we are still a premiership concern
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02/02/2013 11:17:00

There ain't many things in life that make me sad and feel like crying, but dude, serious i can not believe even when reading something in front of my eyes in black and white that all this mess is really happaning? I may have turned into a wuss as i have hit my 30's i dunno but feel like crying man!!
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02/02/2013 11:21:00

If we can't compete with the likes of Stoke and Newcastle financially then really we can't be labeled a "big club" any more. Financial fair play is one thing, cutting costs to make the numbers look good is another, and points to one aim only as I see it: selling. I think Randy has grown tired of this toy and will look to get rid. Just sad he has very nearly destroyed us in the process, never mind making us the laughing stock of English football. I'd rather have someone who cares with no money than this clown. I use the following expression extremely seldomly, but I've had enough. F++k off, Randy Lerner.
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02/02/2013 11:22:00

Its lerners fault. He has lost interest and pulled the plug. Somebody send him that quote and tell him to act on it.
Bikini Inspector
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02/02/2013 11:37:00

I hope you're right minicooper - I don't think there are many fans now who don't desperately want rid of RL.
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02/02/2013 11:44:00

I think that you've taken some of this out of context, Lord Fear. Everytime you listen to Lambert he sounds like he's well in love with the chairman. Secondly, you can only spend what you've got. With dwindling attendances at al it's going to be tough. Thirdly, the amount of money Randy had spent; the amount of stuff he's under written combined with how much he brought the club for -he'll never get his money back. Not saying I'm happy about it but the other option seems to be being underwritten permanently by a Billionaire which is just financial instability which in the long term is insanity. With FFP and proposed financial changes to the Premier League we must cut our cloth. In the long term well be in a far better position. At the moment whilst we hurry to fit a sporting philosophy to it things are dire on the pitch. Painful. Still think it'll go to the wire this season. If we could find another owner more hands on, with a more dynamic business plan with long term vision that would be preferable though with the initial outlay needed that is not going to make financial sense to anyone with business brains. Only a fan would take that risk. That leaves us with Randy Lerner. Complex tines.
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02/02/2013 11:48:00

No use moaning about finances , if you sit at home watching on illegal stream and TV highlights . Bums on seats at Villa park will all help to finance better players . Lerner may have lost interest in going but so have 10,000 fans not of which helps the situation does it?
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02/02/2013 12:32:00

Fear / Griz / 57 - I totally agree with common thread to your comments which is that we all need to back the team on the field come hell or high water. While Villa fans may honestly disagree about what is going on with ownership and management, nothing is served by not backing the team. To do otherwise is the surest route to relegation.
Virginia Villan
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02/02/2013 14:31:00

The only thing is V57 while tickets are cheaper than a lot of teams for some people they cant afford to go every game... When I lived in Bham I couldnt afford it everyweek unless I cut down on socialising it or decided not to fly home until I finished my contract... Anyway we all know that what I was trying to get at was ticket prices should be less... The amount of money TV revenue is I would argue ticket costs shouldnt be so high... Again I know we arnt as pricey as others but considering how poor we've been I think its a disgrace they havnt reduced the cost of tickets... If they are going to say we cant compete with Stoke etc. for wages then why do our tickets cost the same or more and we have bigger attendances... Its an absolute disgrace what they are doing to the team and yet they keep prices the same, attendances are similar and they have to nerve to say we cant compete financially with teams who's revenues are a long way off our own... Fair enough our expenditure is more than theirs but when will it end is he going to say we still need to cut costs if we shift a few big earners in the summer??
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02/02/2013 14:43:00

the loan thing is a pile of crap. who cares what the wages are for 6 months? sorry but whoever came up with that idea, Faulkner or Lerner really doesnt understand.
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02/02/2013 15:01:00

6 months salary for a couple of loan players could be paid for out of the interest Lerner earns from the Browns sale! I am VERY bitter against this jerk. We want him OUT, when do we want him out?... NOW! Sell up Lerner before t gets nasty!!!! Newark! (anagram)
Pride of Lions
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02/02/2013 18:21:00

I agree with Minicooper. However that also applies to Lambert, Faulkner and all the "supporters" who ousted out AM. What a load of idiots. We were better off this time last year.
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04/02/2013 10:21:00

No miksten I did say last year that Mcleish was on a hiding to nothing with not enough money to spend but he was a bad mistake and would have taken us down this season playing hoofball and the worst football I have seen at Villa Park since Mcneil 2 wrongs doont make a right.
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