Lambert: Aston Villa must be better

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that he did not join the club for it to struggle in the Premier League, and that recent form has not been good enough, the Birmingham Mail has reported.

For much of last season, the club battled against the threat of relegation, only surviving in the final week, and this time around, while they have been in a more comfortable position throughout, inconsistency as well as a poor home record has prevented them from making a serious challenge to finish in the top half.

After three consecutive defeats, including the 10th at Villa Park this season against struggling Fulham, Lambert declared that the club the size the Villa should be higher up the Premier League table. He said: “There’s a lot of stuff that people don’t see.

“Am I happy where we are? No. Did I come to Aston Villa to do this? No. This club should be higher, there’s no two ways about it. It’s got a great tradition and a great pedigree. “I knew the first few years here would be really hard because of what we had to do. I knew that myself.

“But we have to get this club up there. I’m certainly not sitting here thinking this is good. No, we need to progress. There is definitely progress being made. There is a good nucleus of younger players there. That’s definitely an area of major progress. But, ultimately, you need to win games.”

The Scot’s comments come as he begins talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner over an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.

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