Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted to Sky Sports that he has been amused by the club's summer spending, given that he had little to spend during his time in charge.
Lambert, 46, left Villa Park back in February with Villa really struggling for form and goals under the Scot, and he was promptly replaced by Tim Sherwood.
The ex-Spurs manager not only kept Villa in the Premier League, but also led them to the FA Cup final against Arsenal, marking a promising end to the campaign.
However, Sherwood has since lost the likes of Ron Vlaar, Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, meaning that he has had to rebuild the squad virtually from scratch.
With Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Jose Crespo, Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Adama Traore, Scott Sinclair, Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede all arriving this summer, Sherwood has brought in ten new players, splashing the cash in the process.
Speaking to Sky Sports, former manager Lambert said that he was irked by Villa's decision to start spending plenty of money on new signings having been limited in the market during his time at Villa Park, and admitted that all the new signings have actually made him laugh.
"It does a little bit," said Lambert when asked whether recent spending annoys him. "It makes me a laugh a little bit in the change in the policy but that's the way it is and good luck to Tim and Aston Villa in the future, whatever they want to do."
"Everybody has moved on and they have spent an awful lot of money. Tim will be upbeat going into the season with the squad that he's got and hopefully they can go and do it. It has probably been stop-start for them but we'll see how it goes," he added.
Ultimately, Sherwood must get results, something Lambert couldn't manage - and you could argue that there is even more pressure on the current Villa boss given the difference in spending, with the club looking to pull away from another relegation battle this term.