Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie reacted in the same vein as most fans upon hearing news of Paul Lambert’s sacking, taking to Twitter to express his relief at the chance of a fresh start for the club.
Finally.Now let's get this club back where it belongs been dragged thruw the mill past 3 years plus Just hope we haven't missed the boat— leehendrie77 (@leehendrie77) February 11, 2015
Arriving from Norwich in June 2012 to replace fellow Scot Alex McLeish, Lambert guided Villa to disappointing 15th-place finishes in his first two seasons in charge, but an impressive start to this campaign saw him rewarded with a contract extension until 2018 following a 1-0 win at Liverpool.
The club’s form since, however, has been nothing short of disastrous, with just two wins in 21 Premier League games, including an 11-hour goal drought which ended in last week’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.
Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss at fellow strugglers Hull saw them drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season, with a section of the 1,400 travelling fans holding up a banner during the match that read: ‘Lambert Out’.
Villa chiefs had showed great restraint in backing the beleaguered boss amid the growing unrest but, with the club winless in 10 and on course to be the Premier League’s lowest-ever scorers after just 12 goals in 25 matches, the supporters had to be granted their wish.
With attention now turning to Lambert’s successor, Hendrie, who made 308 total appearances for his Villa between 1995 and 2006, also went on to give his thoughts on what the new man needs to bring to his childhood club.
Let's get someone in who gonna show more attacking style at home get the crowd off there Seats for the exciting reasons.Someone with passion— leehendrie77 (@leehendrie77) February 11, 2015
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has been instilled as the immediate favourite, with US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann a close second, although the ex-England international has stressed that he’d like to see someone “experienced” get the job.
I'd like to see someone with a bit of experience. But sherwood done well. Just get the rite man in keep us up this season— leehendrie77 (@leehendrie77) February 11, 2015
It's a hard one. But I'd be sayin to whoever comes in prove yourself before we offer 4-5 year contracts— leehendrie77 (@leehendrie77) February 11, 2015
I'm just happy I suppose whoever comes in I hope he turns the club around gets the good old days back— leehendrie77 (@leehendrie77) February 11, 2015