The Sack Race Starts
Coming up to the New Year and the opening of the January window and there’s been plenty of movement in the management market as clubs attempt to improve their fortunes in the second half of the season.
Crystal Palace have dumped Neil Warnock, while his replacement looks to be ex-Eagle player and current Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. West Brom are also on the look out for ANOTHER new boss after disposing of the services of Alan Irvine. At their current rate of manager turnaround, they’ll probably be offering their next boss just a six-month contract.
Both the Albion job and Newcastle job leaves potential candidates with the dubious prospect of working for chairman that are perhaps the real problem at the heart of their respective clubs.
One manager who has yet again managed to dodge the sack bullet is Villa’s Paul Lambert. After ending last season with a shocking 38 point finish which included an unprecedented 10 losses at Villa Park, this season hasn’t exactly added to the credentials of his managerial CV. There was a six-game losing streak which formed part of a one point from nine games run.
Lambert though is still very much at the heart of an apparently rejuvenated Randy Lerner and new Villa CEO Tom Fox’s plans for the club. A fact that Fox has admitted to both the Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust and in local press interviews.
Only Villa’s relegation from the Premier League would probably see any chance of his removal, although he is expected to do better than just hover above the relegation places.
2014 though has seen zero improvement for Lambert’s Villa as the table for all the 2014 Premier League results table below demonstrates.
Is the points total from 38 games really acceptable?
Premier League Table Results 2014
Considering Lambert finished the 2013/14 season with 38 points (and 41 points the season before), a 39 point haul from 2014, makes you wonder what is the Villa board’s logic to standing by their man after three seasons of standards well below those expected at a club like Aston Villa.
Neil Warnock was sacked after just one win in 12 games, Lambert hasn’t fared much better with just two wins in the last 15 games. It’s been said that Pardew seeking a move to Palace is despite Newcastle’s current 9th place is avoiding the inevitable outcome at Newcastle. His record though is better than Lambert’s over the same period.
If 2014 was another annus horribilis for Paul Lambert perhaps 2015 will be the year that defines his Villa career one way or the other.
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