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Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner issues statement backing boss Lambert

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By James McLean

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has hailed manager Paul Lambert in a statement issued in response to the suspensions to two high ranking members of the Villans’ management hierarchy, according to Sky Sports.

Paul Lambert

Lerner was keen to stress the importance of “loyalty and commitment,” and moved quickly to praise the conduct of the former Norwich boss after the Midlanders suspended assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa on Tuesday – a situation for which the exact circumstances have not yet been publically revealed.

With Villa struggling and hanging only tentatively above clubs in a relegation battle – with only four points separating them from the drop zone – Lerner issued a statement backing boss Lambert, as well as his new assistants Gordon Cowans and Shay Given.

Lerner said: “Our manager has been faced with some unexpected issues that could have very easily set the club back.

“In watching him handle matters along with our chief executive, I've seen total loyalty and commitment to Aston Villa while Gordon, a Villa man through and through, has repeatedly stepped up to support the club regardless of the ask.

“Shay too has been unhesitating in answering the manager's call. I couldn't ask for more from people who are up for this challenge and the very real obstacles we have to overcome, as is everyone at the club.”

Villa face an important home clash against Southampton at the weekend, and Lambert turned up and took his first training session with Cowans and Given by his side on Wednesday morning.

Villa midfielder Ashley Westwood does not believe the backstage happenings at the club will affect the players’ performance on the pitch, stating that the first training session under the new regime went well.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Westwood said: “Straight away they've put on a good session, the lads were flying around everywhere.

“It's the decision of the staff to change things and we are just concentrating on the football. We have a big game at the weekend and we owe the fans a result and a good performance. If we do then that gets everyone on our side.”

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