Belfast Telegraph

Nothing's changed for Lambert

Boss Paul Lambert believes chairman Randy Lerner's plan to sell Aston Villa has not changed - despite his new contract.

The Scot signed a new four-year deal at the club this week and insists his close relationship with Lerner made striking a deal easy.

He has guided them to second in the Barclays Premier League after an unbeaten start ahead of Saturday's visit of Arsenal.

Lerner is understood to have renewed enthusiasm at Villa and Lambert insisted the American would only sell to improve the club.

"If something did come in a month, two month, three years, Randy will do what he thinks is best for Aston Villa," he said.

"If that is to sell it to a beneficiary who will make it stronger that hasn't changed but he's right on it, right with it.

"He's always loved the club. I don't think anyone should be under any illusion about that. He'll tell me things when he needs to."

A new deal for Lambert was originally discussed in February but put on hold as Villa battled relegation to ultimately finish 15th, five points above the drop zone.

Fans had started to call for Lambert to go at the end of last season but the manager has impressed with his summer rebuild and early results.

And he revealed a new contract was only suggested within the last few weeks.

"We never once spoke about my contract until a month or so ago. You can only deal with what's put in front of you there and then," said Lambert.

"It never crossed my mind. My main focus was to get this club safe at the tail end of last year.

"Randy came to me and asked what my thoughts were. He told me his plans. It's a club I love being at. I don't have an agent or anything and I trust him. That's the big thing, there were never any complications. It was easy.

"I've got a good rapport with the chairman, it is really important that you get on with your boss. Good, bad, indifferent, he'll tell me exactly what he thinks. You take it on the chin. It's important that I trust him and he trusts me."

Lambert watched Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday and believes Villa can add to the Gunners' woes.

"You're only as good as any team you go up against. We will go into it full of confidence," said Lambert, who won the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997.

"I was over in Dortmund on Tuesday night," he added.

"It's been well documented how well Dortmund did but I thought they did even better than that. They were exceptional."


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