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How Paul Lambert has killed Villa’s Premier League buzz

| 11.02.2015

Just so Nigel Pearson doesn’t feel left out, across the Midlands Paul Lambert is under all sorts of scrutiny after a limp loss to Hull saw Aston Villa dragged into the Premier League relegation places for the first time this season.

Music to the ears of the of ‘Lambert Out’ brigade whose dissenting voices surrounding the Scotsman’s tenure grow ever louder.

Whatever your thoughts on the matter, Villa are in serious trouble as their 13/8 odds for relegation imply, despite Lambert’s protestations that his side will not be sucked into the Championship whirlpool.

However, it’s not just the lack of points which has seriously hacked off many of a claret-and-blue persuasion; it is the culmination of approximately 2.6 seasons of low-scoring and allegedly dull football which they are sick of.

Sometimes in football bad results can be sheltered by a notion that at the very least a team provides entertainment, but when you’ve just set a Premier League record of surpassing 10 hours without scoring, there is no fig leaf big enough to hide under.

As our graphic shows, Lambert’s overall Villa record sees the Scot come off particularly shoddily in the goal difference column and league finishes when it comes to other managers who’ve guided the good ship Villa for extended periods through the Premier League era.


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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.