Lambert critical of sackings

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has slammed the sackings of Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 16:21 Post Comment

Paul Lambert: Gearing up for a crucial clash at Villa Park

Paul Lambert: Gearing up for a crucial clash at Villa Park

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has slammed the sackings of Brian McDermott and Nigel Adkins but admits he will be "ruthless" when facing Harry Redknapp's QPR in a key relegation clash on Saturday.

Adkins was dismissed at Southampton last month despite back-to-back promotions and steering the club away from the relegation zone in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League.

McDermott was axed from Reading after Villa's 2-1 win over the Royals last weekend, despite having gained promotion from the npower Championship last year.

Lambert feels both men had produced good enough results on the pitch to stay in their jobs, but believes other factors have been taken into consideration.

"You never like to see anyone lose their job. People used to say it's a results business. It's not really anymore," said Lambert.

"If people don't like your face, or like what you are doing...

"Brian took Reading up, made them all the money and then loses his job.

"If you are telling me someone gets you out of the Championship and makes your club millions and then seven months later he loses his job, it doesn't bode well.

"It's the same with Nigel at Southampton. It doesn't really have to be based on results anymore.

"They are in an absolutely healthier position than they were two years and he has contributed a massive part to that."

Victory tomorrow against Redknapp's men would push big-spending QPR closer to relegation.

Redknapp's position at Loftus Road seems secure enough after presiding over an upturn in form that has given the club hope of beating the drop, but Lambert would approach the match in exactly the same way even if that were not the case.

"You've got to be ruthless but you also know how other people feel because you know what it is like yourself," he said.

"Harry Redknapp is a brilliant manager, a good guy, but we have to win for our own sake."

Reflecting on the unique pressures of being a manager, he added: "Football is like that. You just never know what is around the corner. You just have to focus on your job and let other people decide that.

"You've just got to handle the pressure. It is not something I lie and worry about every night.

"You do the best you can do and what happens, happens."

Villa go into tomorrow's game full of confidence after a run of improved performances rekindled hopes of prolonging their stay in the top flight.

"It's a big game, so was last week," Lambert said.

"It's the same pressure, but I can see the lads are playing well and with a lot of confidence.

"We know only one way to play, is go and try and win. We will have a brilliant crowd tomorrow which will be right behind us.

"They will drive us on and the onus is on the home team to make the running."

Lambert has no fresh injury worries but midfielder Fabian Delph is again ruled out through suspension after picking up 10 bookings.


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