Lambert needs Villa more than Villa need him

Aston Villa

Paul Lambert is not the right man to take the Premier League club forward.

Aston Villa’s 2013-14 Premier League campaign came to a close with their 20th defeat of the season, a 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspurs.

So comfortable were the London club in their victory that their manager, Tim Sherwood - a man under pressure and fighting for his job - could hand over the reins to a fan for the final five minutes.

The result saw Villa finish 15th, five points from safety. For a club that is one of only seven ever-present teams in the Premier League and has been in the top flight for 26 years, that is simply not good enough.

However, those stats are the only consistent element to a club that has beaten Manchester City and Chelsea this season but has lost at home to the likes of relegated Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Stoke City.

In fact, this season they have lost 10 games at home, the most in their 140-year history - a past that includes being European champions just over 30 years ago.

While owner Randy Lerner and his distinct lack of recent investment are partly at fault, much of the problem is down to manager Paul Lambert. The 44-year-old showed his potential at Norwich City, but he has looked out of his depth at Villa Park.

Some aspects have not helped. He has been forced to pay the price for the heavy spending earlier in Lerner’s reign, but the fact remains that the majority of low budget signings have failed to add value.

Villa have some quality players, but under Lambert they appear nervous and unsure every time they take to the pitch, especially at home. Inconsistency in tactics and motivation, a fall-out with his backroom staff and the subsequent loss of support from the fans speak of a manager not threading water but drowning.

The Scotman’s future will be resolved in the coming days, but one thing is for sure: if Lambert does leave Villa, then he will have to start all over again at a lower level similar to Steve McClaren or indeed David Moyes.

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