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Should Paul Lambert Also Get A New Contract?

Our latest poll asks, should Paul Lambert also get a new contract.

It has been suggested by Plastic Villan who said:

"I recently read a blog somewhere that Villa have given new contracts to all the star performers from last season except one. They were suggesting that Lambert has also done a great job and should be rewarded. He now has two years left on his contract. Do you think we need to see more before tying him down for longer? Should we be ready to fully get behind this project over the long term? Was last season just not good enough?"

So there you go, should he? Yes, no, or not yet.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 23 2013

Time: 2:21PM

Your Comments

A great job? Their definition is different to mine. For me, not yet.
The Fear
I'd say if this season is a clear progression then extend his contract. no point offering huge amounts of money, ultimately if he wants to move he will do as managers are classed as club assets and have relatively normal contracts of employment.
AVbornandbred
Although I'm excited about where Lambert is taking us I think we should wait until at least January and see where we are then. I would like to see him around long term. We need stability and I dread to think of another manager coming in, deciding he doesn't like half the players, wants to bring in his own, rinse, repeat. But it was pretty rocky last season. Now he has a squad much more to his liking he has to show us what he can really do.
plastic villan
No, not yet!
Villan Of The North
I thought he was given a 4 year contract when he started, in which case he still has 3 years to go.
Villan Of The North
No
jonah
Definitely. He is transforming the entire ethos and approach of the club. He is going to make us mega millions and get us up the table in the process. In Lambert I trust.
Villa_Grizzly
Only the players that exceeded what was expected of them (with the exception to players with a year or less left) were the ones that received new deals. Westwood, Lowton, Benteke etc. Im not one of those that thinks last season was a total disaster but scraping survial is hardly exceeding expectations. Lamberts progress is judged predominantly on the teams results (as opposed to individual players) therefore no new contract. Ridiculous idea.
AHAVFC
We need to see how he does in his 2nd season with his players Not somebody elses as over half the team was last season. To my re conning he has now purchased 13 players plus the fact that he has been responsible for bringing through some youth players, or would they have progressed regardless ? If despite all his endeavors we struggle next year with another relegation struggle then I and don't suppose most of us know what the answer is. However I agree letting him go and starting all over again fills me with dread. If he does have 3 years left then I would leave it be and review it again at the end of the season, however he may be happy to have a rolling contract like O'neil did. If however he requested a increase would be mad not to offer him one and risk losing him to someone like Newcastle or WBA. I don't see him getting a top job yet and to be honest I think managers are in an even better situation than players. If a big club came calling we don't have transfer fees for managers only compensation once they decided to go. We need to build slowly and move up the table to have the ability to keep our players and managers but with this will need to be an increase in the wage structure to follow our slow progression.
tvrwhitey
Yes. He could get another job overnight. Who would those rather have that say no then?? REALISTIC....
Villan444
But 444, even with a new contract he could get another job overnight, we all know that these days? But only clubs like Man Utd etc would surely tempt him (ie bigger) and they won't be ready for him yet. Or obviously his previous German club one day if he has ambitions to return.
The Fear
Fair point Fear. Surely we'd get more compensation if he did go if he was on a better contract though and we shouldn't have all the players getting one and earning more than him now. Not sure what he's on though?!?! I'm not 100% sold on him but don't see any other option but to back him and have faith to see if he can repay it. One would assume he's completed most of the owner's objectives and turned some worthless players into money ( whilst devaluing Bencht at the same time ;-))
Villan444
I thought Chelsea had to pay Benfica 13 million for AVB!!! Why couldn't we get Lambert signed up to a new deal like that? In January for me though... On another topic heres a link to bannan saying hes offski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqrIig0_qMk
daveyboyr
After probably our worst season in living memory?
Beovilla
In response to the title of the article I'll say what for? I really want him to stick around long term and bring some much needed stability but there's a lot of wrongs that happened last season he needs to right. Maybe after this season if its improved we can offer him a 1 year extension.
VillaTomB38
@beovilla it was not our worse season in living meomory maybe you missed the D'OL season and AM? albeit we finsihed in simular postions atleast last year we looked like we were trying to play and the effort was there ultimatley it was just school boy errors that let us down i think we need to do everything we can to hold onto lambert it is clear he has a special way about him he is a man manager and knows how to convince people of his dream !
black_villian
No chance. A failed experiment in my opinion, brought in to streamline everything like a company ready for liquidation. Poyet or Hoddle for me.
onlyteaminthemids
Will need to be sorted before Man U come calling, That will be around February
Lost_In_Ca
Definitely we should get him signed up, I would sign him for the next 10/15 years as really believe he will have us challenging for the title by then. As said if he is on a long contract it will scare off many clubs approaching him due to the compensation they would have to pay out. If he gets us top six this season there will be many of clubs looking at him as he has been a success in every year of his management imo. After this season he will only have 1 or 2 years left on his contract! He has a quality that not many managers have in that he knows how to spot good players that are cheaper than their value. Look at what we have got and what he has spent. We could sell what he has purchase for 3x the amount he spent!! When does that happen in football and when does that happen at Villa? That alone is worth keeping him for a very long time as he will make this club very rich and powerful. He also plays attacking football that we as fans like to watch, he handles the players well and they like him. Even the players that are pushed out are not having bad words to say about him. He handles interviews well and imo is a perfect fit for Aston Villa, he has proved he could get a club like Norwich competing in the Premiership so with Villa back on good financial ground there is no reason he can’t get us competing higher up the table while playing attacking nice football. The only thing I can see that anyone has against him is we flirted with relegation last season but considering the job he had to come and do with the money he spent, to keep us safe while fielding a very young team and cost peanuts in comparison to Premiership money spent he did an excellent job. Imagine what he would have done with the money O’Neil spent and what he will do as this team matures and he add other quality signing to it. He honestly can be our Ferguson and make us greater than we have ever been but fans need to buy into that and he needs to be here long term.
revua
 

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