Lambert grateful to Lerner

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has thanked chairman Randy Lerner for keeping faith with him despite a difficult first year in charge at Villa Park.

Last Updated: 20/10/13 at 11:24 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Thankful for support from Randy Lerner and club's fans

Paul Lambert: Thankful for support from Randy Lerner and club's fans

Lambert took charge at Villa in the summer of 2012 as a replacement for Alex McLeish and in his first season in they found themselves embroiled in a relegation for most of the campaign.

Former Norwich chief Lambert admits Lerner could have panicked and sacked him following some indifferent results, but he feels Villa have now turned the corner.

"I remember Randy saying to me, 'Paul this will be your hardest year in football' and he was right. It was tough, really hard," Lambert told the Sun on Sunday.

"But we stuck to our beliefs and the crowd were great, even though we were getting beaten - sometimes pretty heavily. The supporters could have turned on me but they were excellent.

"Some owners would have got rid of me, I know that. They would have panicked and gone, 'Boom, you're out. Thankfully, I have had a good relationship with Randy and Paul Faulkner, the chief executive.

"Also the players never wavered, even though we had that bad spell. They had the belief we would go and do it.

"After January, it gradually got better. We kept trying to be upbeat.

"The supporters could have had a big say as they may have driven me out of the club. I am thankful for that, even through the tough times.

"The difference now is a big turnaround from what has happened. You need to take a step backwards to go forward and I think that is what has happened.

"We have progressed after a tough start to the season. There is a good spirit, which will take you a long way."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger only wants to bring 'world-class' players to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed he is only looking to add “top, world-class players” to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Chelsea are the example to other clubs, says Gary Neville

Other Premier League clubs should take Chelsea's lead if they are to be more successful, says Gary Neville.

Burnley appeal Michael Duff red card against West Ham

Burnley have appealed against Michael Duff’s red card following his sending off against West Ham.

Mail Box

Arsenal Need Three. These Three...

One mailboxer has the realistic answers to Arsenal's summer transfer needs. We also have plenty more on Newcastle fans, handballs, Chelsea selling and Johnny...

Blaming Van Gaal For United Slump...

Wayne Rooney in midfield, the same balls aimed at Marouane Fellaini...Louis van Gaal has to find a solution. And a Burnley fan embraces relegation...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company