Following last week’s dismal showing in both of the U.K.’s cup competitions, where Aston Villa lost to Bradford City in the semi-final of the League Cup and Millwall in the FA Cup, Randy Lerner has given Paul Lambert a vote of confidence.
Normally, when this happens, the manager who has just being given the vote of confidence from the chairman will get sacked in the following week! The Villa chairman also said last week that even if Aston Villa get relegated from the Premier league this season, Paul Lambert will still keep his job so it really does seem like the American has a lot of faith in the Scotsman.
The talk in today’s papers also mentioned the January transfer window. Now it would seem that Aston Villa need to think about buying some new players before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. In today’s statement, both Lambert and Lerner have said that there is a little bit of money available for players but finding the right ones for the job, at the right prices, and at the right wage level has proven to be quite difficult. In my opinion, Villa need to buy some quality and experience pretty quick otherwise they really are putting their premiership future in jeopardy.
After the recent poor form of the Christmas period when numerous goals were conceded and very few scored in return, confidence is at a real low ebb. This is not been helped by going out of 2 cup competitions in a week, both to lower league opposition. The team desperately need a win just to install a bit of confidence back in the squad. Without this belief that they can win games, there is very little chance of the club moving away from the relegation zone.
The question is, what would you do if you were in Lerner’s position? Keep the faith of the manager or get someone else in to rejuvenate the club?