Aston Villa chief executive sees bright future under Lambert

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has called for the club to show unity under new manager Paul Lambert, insisting that while the club is ambitious they must also be realistic about their short-term future, the Birmingham Mail has reported.

Lambert was appointed at the end of last season when Alex McLeish was sacked following Villa’s 16th-place finish. Under McLeish Villa won only seven games, one fewer than relegated Blackburn Rovers, and scored 37 goals in their 38 league fixtures, the second lowest total in the top flight behind Stoke City (36) and fewer than all three of the relegated sides.

Under Lambert Norwich City, in their first season back in the Premier League, finished 12th, nine points better off than Villa, with the Canaries defeating the Villans 2-0 on the final day of the season at Carrow Road. Chris Hughton, formerly of Villa’s local rivals Birmingham City, was appointed to replace Lambert in Norfolk.

Faulkner said: “We certainly want to be better than last season. We’re ambitious but we’re mindful that it takes time. It’s not something where you can just click your fingers and…improvement happens overnight. But we’ve talked with Paul Lambert and we know we want to get the club moving again.

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