Lambert Claims Squad Needs Rebuilding
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has claimed that the club will be undergoing a major rebuilding work in the summer, but he is aware that it will definitely not be easy. The former Norwich manager has come under intense pressure after two successive years of poor form. Aston Villa have only narrowly managed to avoid relegation at both these campaigns, which have led to calls for the manager to be sacked. However, a more important situation arose towards the end of the season after owner Randy Lerner confirmed that he was putting the club up for sale.
The American has been in charge of Villa for the last eight seasons, but he has been consistently reducing the investment. Lambert says that despite the club being up for sale, the squad needs to be rebuilt in order to compete in a much better fashion next season. Villa finished only in the 15th place after a very poor campaign. The club has already allowed the likes of Nathan Delfouneso and Marc Albrighton to leave on a free transfer. The future of players like Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke continue to be surrounded by a cloud of doubt.
The arrival of new owner is likely to spell the end of Lambert’s reign as manager at Villa since this is usually the case for new owners.
"We need bigger and better players. You need to spend a lot of just to stand still. It won't be easy within the current circumstances. It's a challenging time ahead for everyone at the football club. The chairman has been honest and told everyone wants to going to happen, that the club's up for sale. And whatever market that hits, we'll have to see what happens. There's nothing imminent. I don't know how long it takes to sell a football club. It's not like you're selling a car or a house," said Lambert.