Neville gives opinion on Lambert's sacking and offers Lerner advice

Villa Park

Phil Neville has urged Aston Villa to make a swift appointment after sacking Paul Lambert.

Phil Neville has told the BBC that he agrees with Randy Lerner's decision to sack Paul Lambert as Aston Villa manager. 

Lambert and Villa parted ways last night and Neville felt that the decision was one which had to be made.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Neville said that Lerner had been patient with the Scot over the past few years and he also urged the American owner to be swift in his appointment of a successor. 

"I think he's been patient with him for the last two or three years," he said. "I don't think the Aston Villa fans have been happy with the style of football. To score 12 goals in 25 games is pretty poor. They've got a big FA Cup tie at the weekend and I think Randy Lerner has to get a manager in before that tie.

"They've got to start building momentum from somewhere and I think if he's made that decision to sack him he must have somebody else in mind."

Villa take on Leicester City in the FA Cup this weekend and the competition will be important to them this campaign. 

With a number of the top Premier League clubs already out, the tournament looks more open than it has in a number of years and if Villa can find their way past Leicester then they will consider themselves in with a good chance of lifting the trophy.

That would be a much needed boost for Villa, as they have been starved of success in recent times. 

Lambert was tasked with reducing the wage bill during his spell at the club, but the side's performances under his guidance certainly suggested that they needed a change.

Villa were posing no attacking threat to other teams in the league and they looked destined for relegation had Lambert remained in charge for the rest of the season, meaning Lerner's decision was one which had to be made for the good of the club. 

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch