Former Aston Villa gaffer John Gregory has said the signing of Christian Benteke alone is enough to keep Paul Lambert in a job. He needs more than that.
There’s no doubt that Christian Benteke has been one of the signings of the season. He’s come into a very young and struggling side and he’s done his best to bang in goals with regularity which give the club the best chance of staying in the Premier League.
John Gregory seems to think that’s enough reason for Paul Lambert to be retained as manager but it’s just a small factor because as any Aston Villa fan will tell you, football is about results and where your club finishes in the league.
Benteke has been linked with several moves away from the club this summer and those links will gather momentum, especially if Aston Villa don’t manage to stay in the Premier League for the 2013/2014 season.
It would be very naïve of the powers that be at the club to give Lambert an indication that his job is safe, when the6y know fully well that the Belgian could be moving on this summer, if that was their reason for keeping the manager on.
What Benteke does represent is the youth policy which Lambert has had no choice but to use this season, which has led to mass calls of inexperience and criticism of this policy.
If Villa can pull it off and stay up, then they have a solid core of young players who will be able to develop and mature over the next couple of seasons and Lambert deserves the chance to control all of that.
He deserves the chance to instill across the current team that this battle against relegation will not happen again, because Aston Villa are one of the established Premier League clubs that should not be in this current predicament.
He’ll even have his work cut out to get Benteke to stay even if the club does stay up because the sides being linked with him, could all potentially offer him some European football which Villa seem a million miles away from at the moment.
If Lambert stays it will be because the club feels he’s the right man to develop the team and ensure that this season doesn’t replicate over the next couple of years.
It won’t be as Gregory suggests, because he signed a single player who has hit some form this season and is going a long way to keeping Villa in the division when some people have already started writing them off. It will be because he keeps Villa up, which currently he is narrowly on course to do.
Lambert is not a bad manager, he’s just been forced to work with limited resources this season, which has forced his hand. He spent big last summer and made some minor additions in January.
Get to the end of May and the future could look substantially brighter for Villa than it currently does, which is why Lambert will stay on.
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