Aston Villa’s defeat at the hands of Hull City last night leaves the side in the bottom three and with two choices in relation to manager Paul Lambert.
Sack him or stick with him, even if the side drops into the Championship at the end of this campaign.
Villa struggled against the Tigers in a match where they need to play positively and give fans some hope and the performance is down to the manager.
The team have shown little ability to adapt in their last three defeats and the manager got his team selection for the match wrong.
Christian Benteke came on halfway through the contest when he arguably should have been on at the start of the game, with the team playing direct balls into him, allowing him to use his natural attributes to try and score and get the side some points.
There are 13 games left in the Premier League season and with the FA Cup this weekend, there would be time for the club to appoint a new boss and for him to work with the players before the Stoke match if they decided to pull the trigger.
There’s plenty of time left for a new manager to come in and make the changes that Lambert seems reluctant to make.
On the other hand, the club could stand by him despite the calls for his head from fans unveiling ‘Lambert Out’ banners, as shown by the BBC, last night.
If they do, they need to stick with him looking ahead to the Championship to provide that continuity considering the huge changes, which would take place if Villa fall out of the top flight.
Changes in terms of players and personnel can be dangerous and there has to be some sort of constant that provides continuity and something for the club to wrap a spine around.
However, that seems like a less likely possibility. Any fan can take a defeat if the players have worked hard and the manager has tried to change things, but Lambert has failed to address the problem, which could get the team out of trouble; scoring more goals.