Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert given dreaded vote of confidence

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has the full backing of the club's board, according to chief executive Tom Fox.

Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox has told BBC Sport that Paul Lambert retains the full backing of the club’s board.

His comments could be considered a vote of confidence, something few managers welcome.

Those in the boardroom are only ever called upon to make such comments when things are not going to plan.

That is the case for Lambert at present, with a string of uninspiring displays seeing pressure mount on his shoulders.

Supporters have started to get on his case, with the paying public demanding more from a side that has collected just 12 points from its last 18 Premier League fixtures.

Fox is aware of the fan frustration and the calls for Lambert’s head but believes a change in the dugout could do more harm than good, with it important for the club to find stability.

He told BBC Sport: "I think football's a funny business and I think to put it all on the manager, again, that's a bit of a false narrative.

"There's a lot of things happening at this football club, and clearly what happens on the pitch is a focal point.

"Clearly the manager is the one person who can really influence that, so everyone focuses on it.

"Our focus for the last couple of months has been on making sure we support Paul to make us as successful as possible, and I think we're heading in the right direction."

Villa supporters may question what ‘direction’ that is.

They have progressed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, while seeing a number of top-flight rivals fall away to open up the road to Wembley.

It is, however, the Premier League which remains their bread and butter, and it that competition they have gone seven games without a win and have found the target just 11 times in 22 fixtures.

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