Ian Holloway makes an interesting claim about Paul Lambert's time at Villa

The pundit has been discussing the new Blackburn boss's spell at Aston Villa.

Former Premier League manager Ian Holloway is surprised at how fresh Paul Lambert looks since leaving Aston Villa, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

And he says he can't fault the new Blackburn Rovers boss, who worked under difficult conditions at Villa Park.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "I've never seen a bloke look so fresh in my life! He's been around the world learning from other clubs and the break has seemingly done him the world of good.

"At Aston Villa, he was working under an owner that wants to sell the club, which wouldn't have helped him, and, looking at his record, I can't fault the bloke."

It seems Tim Sherwood syndrome is affecting Aston Villa even when it comes to those who managed the club before him.

In other words, any faults a manager showed at Villa are simply ignored and the owners are blamed for poor team selection and tactics.

Sherwood simply played the wrong players, a lot of them out of position too, and had no tactics whatsoever. But, while Lambert did well to keep Villa afloat for a number of seasons, he too faltered in his own ways - big time before he got sacked.

Under the Scot, Aston Villa simply became far too negative. There were often games when Lambert's men wouldn't even break out of their own half. But, of course, a British manager at Villa? No, certain pundits can never fault them...

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