'It doesn't matter about contracts any more', says Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert

Despite being handed a new deal in September, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert admits he needs to get results soon to keep his job safe.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert admits he needs to get his side performing better as he prepares for his 100th game in charge against Southampton tonight.

Lambert has overseen two 15th-place Premier League finishes and won just 30 games in charge since arriving from Norwich in June 2012, with little sign of progress at Villa Park since.

After a hot start to this season, the Midlands outfit have lost six of their last seven matches, sitting just one spot above the relegation zone as a result, and the under-fire Scot concedes that things have to turn around soon.

"We have to do a lot better, this club is too big a club and too good a club to keep doing what it has been doing," he told the Daily Star.

“I've loved it here – it’s been hard times but there is an incredible expectation level. It's a brilliant club, it's had its hard times but we've got through it. It makes you stronger.

"If it is 100 games, it is 100, if you are lucky enough to get 101, 102 or 103 you take it.

“It's a great thing being manager of this club I don't think anyone should underestimate it.

"It's a magical football club."

Lambert put pen to paper on a new deal until June 2018 after taking 10 points from the first four games this term, but now fears that it will take some considerable graft to get the club competing with the top-flight’s elite again.

“The way the Premier League is with finances and Champions League, it is big money and you need to be able to compete. At the moment we're not there yet," he said.

"They have big players with lots of money but we're not in that bracket yet.

"You're never sure how long you are here but I'd love to be here long term. But I also know I need to get results.

"I'm not naïve enough to think it does not matter. It does not matter about contracts any more."

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