Midlands latest: Lambert loving life at Villa, Pearson gives thoughts on Leicester's start

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Lambert loves managing Villa

Paul Lambert says that he loves managing Aston Villa, after signing a new long-term deal at the club. 

The Scottish manager has been rewarded for the form that his side have shown in the early parts of the season and he says that he is very happy to have committed his future to Villa. 

"I love being here. It's a fantastic club," he said to the club's official site.

"This is a great club to manage. I'm happy here. I really enjoy it, I love working with the people here - the staff, the players, it's great."

Pearson impressed with Leicester

Nigel Pearson believes that Leicester City have already shown that they can perform at the top level.

The Foxes have only lost once over their first four games in the Premier League, after promotion last year, and Pearson feels this is a clear indicator that they are good enough to stay up this year. 

"After the first four games the players' performances have indicated for the most part that we have the ability to improve and do okay," Clubcall report him as saying.

Hughes always grateful to Stoke

Mark Hughes says that he will always be grateful to Stoke City for the chance they gave him by employing him in 2013. 

Hughes admits that a tumultuous time at QPR, his side's opponents at the weekend, had tarnished his reputation somewhat and that made him even more thankful of the trust that the Potters showed in him. 

"I will always be grateful for the opportunity to come here because maybe my star had faded somewhat, but the Coates family had faith in my ability and hopefully I repaid some of that last year," he said to the Sentinel. 

Olsson receives Irvine support

Alan Irvine has backed struggling West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson to prove his worth soon. 

The Baggies defender has been error prone over the early stages of the season, but Irvine feels that this is a blip rather than a reflection on his ability. 

“I’d like to think that Jonas’s career would be judged over a long period rather than a couple of games," Irvine said to the Express and Star.

“Before I got here he was a player that I admired, a player I always thought played well whenever we were against West Brom."

“He’s an international player, he’s played hundreds of games and he’s played really well without making mistakes."

“I don’t think we can necessarily look at two mistakes in two games as being the start of a worrying trend.”

Jackett urges caution from defenders

Kenny Jackett is trying to help his Wolverhampton Wanderers' defence by encouraging them not to dive into tackles.

Although slide-tackles are appreciated more in England than any other country in the world, they are not something which Jackett wants to see - with him favouring a more composed style of defending. 

“The best defenders can stay on their feet and intercept,” said Jackett to the Express and Star. "Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic never got their shorts dirty and they were the best two centre-halves in recent times."

“If you put the ball in behind them, they could win it back and pass it into midfield to set off the team’s next attack. That’s something I ask my defenders to concentrate on.”

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