Keys: Aston Villa better off with McLeish - Do the figures prove him right?

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Aston Villa have fired Paul Lambert, how did he compare to former boss Alex McLeish?

Paul Lambert was fired as Aston Villa boss on Wednesday night, and it's hard to say it was a surprise.

The club have not won any of their last 10 matches, and scored just one goal in 2015. After a loss to Hull City 24 horus earlier they now sit in the relegation zone.

When Lambert arrived there were high hopes for him, with Alex McLeish's miserable tenure ended. Lambert had guided Norwich City to back-to-back promotions and a mid-table Premier League finish.

After his dismissal, former SkySports presenter Richard Keys wrote via his Twitter page that Lambert's lack of success painted McLeish's struggles in a better light.

So how did the two compare?

Let's face it, this is not comparing Sir Alex Ferguson to Nigel Clough, it's assessing two managers with woeful records. Yet of the two, Paul Lambert has the inferior results in terms of points won per game.

  ManagerWin rateDraw rateLoss rateGoals per gameGoals Conceded per gamePoints per gameAppearances
Aston Villa Paul Lambert 0.24 0.24 0.52 0.81 1.51 0.95 63
Aston Villa Alex McLeish 0.22 0.37 0.41 1.11 1.61 1.04 76

McLeish's Villa also scored more goals per game, while conceding narrowly more. His team were awful to watch, and it says everything about Lambert's tenure that his time at the club has been statistically speaking, a regression.

In 2011/12, McLeish managed to bring his side back from the brink to avoid relegation after a poor run, when many were calling for him to be sacked. Villa let him get to the end of the season before dismissing him.

This time there was no such patience, and providing the club do not appoint a manager who delivers a worse record than he does, they may just still have enough to avoid the drop.

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