My last article was entitled “Time for a long, hard look at ourselves” and I decided to take a long, hard look at the facts and figures. I found quite a few statistics to justify my position on Lambert. This article is a summary of my findings.
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa Football Club managerial record thus far:
Games Played – 80
Games Won – 26
Games Lost – 36
Games Drawn – 18
Managerial Win % – 32.50
Let me be clear that from my point of view that is a very damning set of figures. Forget about the at times depressing and sub-standard football, let’s compare him to managers deemed not to be good enough in our very recent past. On that premise and using the set of statistics above, Paul Lambert falls into the Jozef Venglos category of failure. In fact, he is actually doing a worse job! If anything, he is one manager in our history I don’t think any other would want to be compared to.
Paul Lambert’s total transfer spend to date = £42,037,600 million:
That £42,037,600 works out to be an average of £21,018,800 million per season. I can hear fans screaming about how that’s not a lot given the “project” he has undertaken but let me offer some clarity by comparing his dealings with those of Everton and Southampton. You tell me if the quality they received does not show a lack of direction or a belief in what we have needed at Villa.
Everton, 13/14 season, spent £27,984,000
Players in under Roberto Martinez:
Romelu Lukaku – Loan Fee – £3,080,000
Gareth Barry – Loan Fee – £0.0000 “Wages Paid by City”
Gerard Deulofeu – Loan Fee – £0.0000 “Wages Paid by Barcelona”
Joel Robles – Signed for £3,520,000
James McCarthy – Signed for £13,464,000
Arouna Kone – Signed for £6,160,000
Even ignoring the fact that David Moyes signed Pienaar and brought in Mirallas and Stones in his last season, you can see just by looking at the list above that the emphasis has been on quality – and it does not cost the earth.
Now on to Southampton:
Southampton, 12/13 season, spent £36,520,000
Notable players in under Mauricio Pochettino:
Jay Rodriguez – Signed for – £7,612,000
Gazton Ramires – Signed for £13,376,000
Nathaniel Clyne – Signed for £2,816,000
Southampton, 13/14 season, spent £34,848,000
Dejan Lovren – Signed for – £8,800,000
Victor Wanyama – Signed for £12,760,000
Dani Osvaldo – Signed for £13,288,000
As mentioned above with regards to Everton, this is a case of a manager setting out his targets and ensuring those targets were all quality players. Southampton spent what can be deemed quite a lot of money but when you consider that the side finished above us in the Premier League and utilised the Premier League television money in the correct way, it is easy to see that is why the Saints are currently fourteen points better off and have established themselves in the top ten quite easily.
In short, Aston Villa Football Club under Paul Lambert, aside from one or two astute purchases, has not made the most of the transfer market and the quality amongst the team is at its lowest level for a long time. Those stating that it is about the money and that Paul Lambert simply needs more are kidding themselves, in my opinion.
When he arrived in B6, Lambert stated that he would get the team playing football like the teams mentioned above. Pochettino said he would have Southampton playing attractive football and Roberto Martinez famously said he would bring Champions League football to Everton. It is undeniable that both men are well on their way to achieving their goals. Martinez’s lofty goal aside, he is ensuring that his Everton team plays very exciting football and the results are showing. Paul Lambert, on the other hand, has not achieved his task and, two seasons in, does not look like doing so.
Paul Lambert has indeed lowered the wage bill and deserves some respect for completing that task. However, Lambert is a football manager, not an accountant. This is not his fault but he decides on the players he can sign for his squad with the funds made available in his two seasons in charge. The quality of his signings on the whole will lead to little, if any, progress and speaks volumes.
Finally, let’s take a look at the current win percentage records of Pochettino and Martinez:
Pochettino – 38.89%
Martinez – 56.76%
Those figures show the differences between our clubs.
I delved into the nitty gritty and, ultimately, the results speak for themselves. The bottom line is that Everton and Southampton are two clubs that have spent almost similar amounts of money to Lambert and whose managers decided that quality was, and is always, needed whereas Paul Lambert has not. The truth of the matter is the key factor is not the extent of the funds available but the ability of the manager to spend those funds wisely. Paul Lambert has shown himself time and time again to be lacking that ability, leading to a weak and bitterly poor side.
Article submitted by @ThetechniqueSMC