MOMS Aston Villa Supporters Survey Results
Part 2 – Supporters’ Views on Villa Management
Having the worst Premier League record of any Aston Villa manager, Paul Lambert’s tenure at Aston Villa perhaps only continued into this season because the club was put up for sale. Randy Lerner’s action created a limbo situation, where it seemed suddenly natural and even sensible that Lambert should remain at the helm.
At least it would give the Villa boss a chance to atone for the previous misdemeanors of his first two seasons.
Despite finishes of 41 and 38 points with consecutive record amounts of home defeats in the club’s history, Lambert is currently the sixth longest-serving manager in the Premier League.
With the league’s average duration of managers in their jobs clocking 2.23 seasons, Lambert has done very well to keep his job considering the lack of tolerance shown at other clubs in the league.
The longest serving Premier League managers
1. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal (from 1st October 1996)
2. Alan Pardew – Newcastle (9th December 2010)
3. Sam Allardyce – West Ham (1st June 2011)
4. Nigel Pearson – Leicester City (15th November 2011)
5. Brendan Rogers – Liverpool (1st June 2012)
6. Paul Lambert – Aston Villa (2nd June 2012)
Since Alex McLeish was sacked on 38 points and 40 points is normally the relegation safety mark, MOMS asked Villa fans that since Lambert only managed 38 points last season, should he have been given the chop?
The question completely split the Villa faithful down the middle.
Yes – He didn’t deserve to continue – 49%
No – He can still turn Villa around – 49%
(2% failed to answer the question)
The polarised views have both been justified this season already, the fans who think he can turn it around will be buoyed by his unbeaten start in the league, while Lambert’s naysayers will point to the cup defeat against Orient (where their anger was voiced after the game) and will have the attitude of ‘lets see where we are after we play last season’s top six in the next seven games’.
When fans were asked overall with all things considered how they felt about Lambert’s management out of a score of 10, the average score was 4.5
The majority (65%) of scores were spread between 3 to 6 , with 8% scoring him 1/10 and 9% scoring him 2/10. At the other end of the spectrum, 1% gave him a 10/10 score with another 1% giving him a 9/10.
Who’s to blame?
Despite not scoring too greatly overall, Villa fans on the whole don’t blame Lambert exclusively for the ills of the last couple of seasons. Only 5% said it was all his fault, while 46% blamed Lerner and his board.
Who do you blame most for Villa’s current position?
Randy Lerner and his board – 46%
Paul Lambert – 5%
A combination of them both – 47%
The players – 12%
As it can be seen, the more rational blame to Villa’s current predicament is down to a combination of both manager and board – with 47% of the vote, but there’s no doubt Lerner carries the bulk of the blame from fans within that .
The road to improvement
Interestingly, when it came to a strategy needed to improve fortunes at Villa Park, only 22% said it was a simple matter of splashing the cash. Ironically, 37% voted for the ideology of Lambert’s initial policy of building a youthful team with infusions of quality in key areas.
Lambert’s chargers had shown that the exuberance of youth could beat the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea on their day, but perhaps he didn’t add the required quality and squad-depth to back-up the likes of Benteke and Vlaar to provide a consistent foundation for a sustained Premier League campaign.
What’s the best way to get Aston Villa back into the top-tier of the league?
Spend, spend, spend – 22%
Focus on building a youthful team and add quality where necessary – 37%
Focus on the academy and buying in players with sell-on potential to create profit to reinvest into team – 14%
Hiring a top-class manager – 15%
Others – 10%
And what about Roy Keane?
Initially at the time of his appointment, it seemed Roy Keane becoming the assistant manager at Villa was met with mixed views. But according to the survey it seems the majority of Villa fans actually warmed to his appointment from the get-go, with 71% of fans stating it was a positive appointment.
What was your reaction to Roy Keane coming in as assistant manager?
Positive – 71%
Not fussed – 18%
No thanks – 8%
With the addition of a new number two and a new CEO, plus a more experienced squad at his disposal, Villa boss Paul Lambert has firm foundations to redress the problems at the club and potentially earn a new contract – either under Randy Lerner or any incoming new owners.
Essentially, Lambert is on his third and final strike. There’s nothing like the virtue of patience paying off, especially in the Premier League, which is often guilty of knee-jerk managerial sackings every season. It’s a league that rarely offers manager’s time to learn from their mistakes, which is normally the best way to learn.
If Lambert proves himself, lets hope he does so in style and Villa become the ‘surprise package’ of the League this season. UTV
More results coming soon… See Villa supporters general feeling at the moment here
* – The survey results are from the opinions of approximately 500 Villa supporters, so far.
If you haven’t already done the MOMS survey, there’s still a few days left to get your views across – click here