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Friday 2 December 2016

Lambert: Expectation at Villa 'outweighs realism'

Ex-Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes expectation levels at his struggling former club are too high
Ex-Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes expectation levels at his struggling former club are too high

Ex-Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes expectation levels at his struggling former club are too high.

Villa go to Southampton in the League Cup tonight having sacked boss Tim Sherwood on Sunday following six straight Premier League defeats.

They are bottom of the table and face Tottenham, Manchester City and Everton in their next three league fixtures. Sherwood replaced Lambert in February, after the Scot was axed with Villa in the relegation zone, before guiding them to safety.

Lambert was never given the money Sherwood had to spend in the summer, as he brought in 13 new players, and missed out on a loan deal for then-Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku as well as the chance to sign Wilfried Bony. And Lambert, who is yet to return to management since leaving Villa, believes the club need to get real. "The expectancy level outweighs the realism at the club at the minute," he said.

Villa defender Micah Richards has been charged with improper conduct following an incident in the tunnel after Saturday's defeat by Swansea City.

The former England international was caught on camera appearing to confront officials.

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