Proact Stadium

Next Game

Chesterfld v A Villa

Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 19:30

Friendly Match

Last Game

Houston Dynamo 0 - 1 A Villa

Sunday, 27 July 2014, 02:00

Friendly Match

Lambert: Always a sack fear

Paul Lambert is adamant he does not feel 'immune' from the sack at Aston Villa, despite his good relationship with chairman Randy Lerner.

Last Updated: 29/12/13 at 11:27 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager not immune from the sack

Paul Lambert: Aston Villa manager not immune from the sack

The Scot has been in charge at Villa Park since the summer of 2012 and spent his first season at the club waging a battle against relegation from the Premier League.

A run of five wins in the final 10 games was enough to keep Villa in the top flight, but another fight to avoid the drop appears in store this season.

Villa's four-game losing streak was halted by a 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Saturday, but Lambert's side are only four points outside the relegation zone.

Just two victories from 10 home games have also led to murmurs of discontent and Lambert is aware that he cannot take his job for granted.

"I've got a good relationship with Randy, but that doesn't mean I'm immune to it," he said.

"I always have that fear. I always had that fear as a footballer and I always do when I'm the manager. I think you've got to have that.

"It's been the same at every club I've managed.

"I don't think it will get any tougher than what happened last year and he was great with me then. I spoke to him last night and he's been good now as well.

"We have a plan. Randy has been great on that front.

"But I feel we're a million miles from where I want to go. I also know it is a long road but it is a challenge I relish."

Lambert acknowledged the importance of picking up a point against Swansea, particularly in the absence of influential trio Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Jores Okore.

He added: "It's a game that you'd love to win, but a point stops that sequence of losing, which was vital for us.

"We're without big players, and it's a lot for us to carry. We're a young squad and when you lose people like Benteke, Vlaar and Okore, it's a big chunk of our spine.

"We (his management team) have only been here 17 months and I knew the first few years was going to be really tough, but we're halfway there when you look at the table. It's a big point."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Premier League: Yaya Toure happy to stay at Manchester City

Yaya Toure has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester City, insisting he wants to stay for "as long as possible".

Champions League: Henning Berg hopeful of Legia Warsaw's chances against Celtic

Legia Warsaw boss Henning Berg hopes his side can get a positive result against Celtic in their Champions League tie.

Premier League: Ross Barkley signs new four-year contract at Everton

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

Mail Box

Youth Development Has To Be The Future

A varied Mailbox has thoughts on transfer targets, youth development, the obsession over 3-5-2, some innovative Blackpool suggestions and why Real bought Kroos...

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property