Writer: Mike Field
Date:Friday November 1 2013
Manager Paul Lambert has said is he unconcerned with talking to Randy or Paul over a new contract just yet, saying he'll probably leave it until the day before it expires and then hope he hasn't left it too late.
When Lambert joined us from Norwich, he signed an initial three year deal and we are now obviously into the second year of that commitment and in the last two webchats hosted by our Chief Executive Paul Faulkner, the question of when the gaffer would sign a new deal or be presented with a new one was a healthy topic of interest from fans.
Faulkner himself said pretty much in answering the question as he did the first time it was raised.
'I was asked a similar question on the last live chat in August, and the answer is really the same. We have a great relationship with Paul and I know that he loves being the Villa Manager and having the opportunity to build something special here. That is the key, and everything else will follow in due course.'
Last CEO webchat.
As for the 43 year old manager, he said for himself that he prefers to concentrate at the moment on continuing to build and improve the club rather than looking for a lengthier contract or a wage rise for himself, because his job in that department has only really just begun.
'Talks to extend my stay? No, because I've got this year and one more. It's a long time to go. Randy and Paul have always been honest with me, I get on really with them and we'll just see what happens later on. There's never any great rush, there are more important things than my own situation. The most important thing is this club and this team, my situation will take care of itself whenever that's meant to be. What will happen, will happen.'
Lambert goes on to say that with some of the fervour around his contract, he gets the impression people think he's been here for four of five years and that the foundations of what he wants are in place so we simply can't let him go given the vision? that has been introduced. However he says, he's only been here just over 12 months in reality and that's not long at all, and he's nowhere near having this team where he wants it to be.
Obviously he doesn't clarify that in terms of other signings he wants, or having developed the players in the way he wants. Be a bit daft if he did.
Adding that we've only really taken the first few steps having had to 'strip it right back' and it's going to take a good few years yet before he has the entire playing set up how he wants it.
Before folks panic too much, reading between the lines he's also talking about having the Academy and the Development squad working the way and playing the way he wants, so youngster can more seamlessly slot into the first team when called upon - as obviously those changes were only introduced at the beginning of this season in the hope of really turning us into a production line for younger talent. But of course, the first team does figure in that, and quite rightly, Lambert - whatever anyone thinks - wants to be successful, wants to win things, and despite whatever he tells the players in private or the press following games it would be daft to think he wouldn't be much happier were we unbeaten so far in 2013-14, so unless he decides in the future he's not the man for the job, his work will never be finished until we win the domestic treble and then mount a campaign on those Chumpy people in Europe.
It's 5.45am, I haven't had any sleep yet - I'm setting my dreams up as I go.
But the point remains that we can't be where he wants us to be at the moment, as very simply put, we aren't anywhere near where any of us want the club to be either. They do kind of go hand in hand.
'You've always got to try and get results. But you've got to enjoy your work, if you don't then there's a problem. I enjoy the job, I enjoy the pressure, and I never let myself get too high or two low.'
Lambert adds that he feels there is a difference between 'pressure' and 'stress' and he's never felt stressed in the job, but he certainly felt the pressure last term, so he's much more pleased with how we have began this campaign - citing that he works along side great people, it's a great job and a great club, so for his new contract.
'I'll probably talk about it the last day before it finishes - then I'll start to worry!'
I know fans will take his comments, especially about us building, the way they want depending on their current viewpoint at Villa and without meaning to repeat myself, I'm in the camp of loving the more youthful element - albeit I'd like to see a few more homegrown bloodied instead of names I've never heard of before - but I question the balance in match experience, so being objective there is the school of thought that we could've signed a few more players - even one - for the 'now' over the summer to help bring the lads on further, but equally he's had two real windows plus the laughable January nonsense, and had one season.
His gamble last term wasn't pretty, but it sort of paid off. We've began slightly better and football Gods willing this season will see a further improvement, so whilst we're fully entitled to air concerns, the end of this season and then what we do next summer, will be far more telling in terms of whether Lambert's direction and I'd say over reliance on the less experienced players will have paid off.
If he does, the youngsters who remain - won't be that young anymore for a start and will have had a hell of a footballing education over the past two years, and if they remain for season three, it means they are living up to the potential we thought they had for those who came through the Academy and the potential Lambert thought they had when he signed from other clubs.
Then we can deal with new contracts for the gaffer and those who make it along with £60million release clauses!
Quotes from the Birmingham Mail.
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