West Ham United’s Karren Brady comments on Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert decision

Karren Brady

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady lauds Aston Villa’s decision to stick with Paul Lambert.

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has praised Aston Villa’s faith in manager Paul Lambert in The Sun.

Villa boss Lambert has come under pressure this season due to the team’s poor run of results which has seen them drop to just three points above the relegation zone.

However, last week Villa chief executive Tom Fox made it clear that the Scotsman will not be dismissed and told BBC Sport: "When things aren't going well, fans bay for that type of blood. That’s not the way that I or the owner are going to make a decision. It's a false narrative."

Fox was alluding to Villa fans having grown frustrated under Lambert and wanting a change. The supporters have turned on the team, and attendance at Villa Park has dropped.

However, it seems that Lambert will remain the manager of the team for the forceable future, a decision which has gone down well with Brady.

“A good deal of common-sense from Aston Villa over the future of Paul Lambert,” the 45-year-old wrote in The Sun. “Many fans are howling for the manager to be sacked but chief executive Tom Fox, clearly with the backing of American owner Randy Lerner, will not oblige…

“Still, having been along their current route, I know the temptation to listen to hostility has to be ignored. It is true that many with Lambert’s record would have fallen but sometimes faith is repaid — as at Upton Park.”

Brady was (probably) referring to speculation in the summer that Sam Allardyce would be sacked as the West Ham boss.

The Mirror reported in August of last year that the Hammers board and the 60-year-old “have been at loggerheads since the end of last season and the club took the unusual steps of insisting that the team would play a more expansive style.”

However, Allardyce retained his role as the West Ham manager and has taken the team to unprecedented success, with the London outfit very much in with a chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

West Ham have played entertaining and expansive football as well, and it is clear that the decision not to sack Allardyce has paid dividends.

Villa are a big club and they can certainly aim for bigger things in years to come. What’s important for the Villans is to make sure that they avoid relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season.

If Villa retain their Premier League status next season, then they can make some important and perhaps radical changes to the squad in the summer and make themselves more competitive.

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