As predictable as snow in winter, Paul Lambert has been sacked as manager of English Premier League club Aston Villa after a brutal stretch of performances and results for the Birmingham team. There are numerous reasons for Villa’s terrible performance this season with Lambert and his mismanagement of players being among them. We can also add in his team selection and tactics. Villa was beaten 2-0 on February 10 by lowly Hull City and that meant the club has gone 10 league games without a win and has a grand total of two goals in those matches.
The squad is also the worst in Premier League history with 12 goals in 25 matches, but Lambert saw it fit to get rid of former English international striker Darren Bent and has left Belgian international striker Christian Benteke out of the starting lineup on several occasions. In addition, the 12 goals is the lowest total out of all 92 professional football clubs in England. Villa fans have now gotten their wish as the native of Scotland was finally turfed out of Villa Park.
Lambert leaves the squad in the relegation zone in 18th place with 22 points from five wins, seven draws and 13 losses. It will now be up to first-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall to try and stave off relegation. Thousands of Villa fans chanted for the 45-year-old manager to be sacked during the loss against Hull. In addition, the Birmingham Mail newspaper called for him to be fired by running a recent front-page article on the matter. Both the back and front pages stated, “Birmingham Mail says: Lambert Must Go!”
Villa owner Randy Lerner must now regret the ridiculous decision of giving Lambert a four-year contract extension after just four games this season in which Villa went unbeaten. He must now pay some type of compensation to the ex-manager and no doubt the fans will end up footing the bill for the mistake with higher ticket prices in the future. The last time Villa was relegated was back in the 1986-87 season, and it will take a lot of hard work to survive the 2014/15 campaign. Lambert “led” Villa to 15th place finishes in his two full seasons at the club, and for that Lerner rewarded him.