Paul Lambert steps down as Villains Manager
Aston Villa Manager Paul Lambert has decided to end his reign in charge of the Villains after having spent the past two seasons at the club.
After finishing fifteenth in the Premier League last season, Aston Villa had barely escaped the relegation zone. During the 2013 months, Aston Villa looked to secure a mid-table finish, but towards the end of 2013, Aston Villa's performances in the league and cup ties began to worsen, including an abysmal record at Villa Park. Because of these performances, Lambert received a lot of criticism from TV pundits and Aston Villa fans about his ability to properly manage the club, even though he had shown of his managerial ability earlier in the year by being able to keep striker Christian Benteke at the club, despite rumoured interest from bigger clubs like Chelsea.
Because of the criticism and speculation about Lambert's future at Aston Villa, the Scotsman has decided to end his reign at Villa Park on his own terms, and has resigned from his role as Head Coach at Aston Villa mutually and with immediate effect.
"I just felt like it was time," Lambert said during an interview. "A lot of people thought that Aston Villa could have done better last season, and my ability to lead the club was questioned at many different times, so I thought it would be best that Myself and Aston Villa would go our separate ways."
Speculation is rife about who is to who will take Lambert's place as the Aston Villa manager, with notable Managers such as the currently unemployed David Moyes, who had recently been relieved from his role at Manchester United after their disastrous season, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, who was sacked by the club at the end of the 2013/14 season, and even current West Ham boss Sam Allardyce all thought about as potential replacements for Lambert.
Aston Villa officials have not said anything about a new Aston Villa manager just yet, and are ignoring all questions asked about the subject, leading to some rumours that the manager has already been decided. The Aston Villa fans were all sad to see Lambert go, and none have them have leaked anything about the boss just yet.
Lambert's resignation comes as a shock to many fans, as he had only spent two seasons at the club, joining the Villains in 2012, two weeks after the sacking of former Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish.