This week, David Moyes was confirmed as the new manager of Spanish side Real Sociedad.
As a result, my mind has been made up about the future of our manager. It seems Lambert has been under a huge amount of pressure throughout his time at Villa. There are those calling for his head and, to an extent, I agree. My worry lies with who I think we could get in to replace him. As far as I was concerned, the only viable candidate was David Moyes. Having done well at Everton, Villa is a club with aspirations that would match those of a man keen to regain his reputation after a horrible time at Manchester United.
Now Moyes is off the market, I believe the alternative managerial options are actually no better than Lambert. Although they have been three uncomfortable years so far, we have not gone down and Lambert is establishing himself among the group of unfashionable Premier League managers a club might want to get in to retain its Premier League status and nothing more. I’m talking about the likes of Pulis, Allardyce (although he is currently flying high) and Hughes. This is clearly not the kind of manager we want in charge but, given the available managers, I think it’s likely we would be bringing someone else who would do a similar job.
Pulis is the only available manager of those three and, personally, I would not like to see him at Villa. He is very good at what he does but I truly believe we will be able to survive without him. I know this is not good enough and that we need someone in charge to take us forward. I don’t think Pulis is this man, as he is too similar to Lambert; Moyes perhaps could have been that man.
A year ago, appointing someone like Pochettino would have been seen as a progressive move but, as exhibited by his struggles at Spurs (although his team can still manage to beat us), you never know for sure what you will get with managerial appointments. Last season, Pepe Mel was another gamble from Europe, which Baggies fans will admit didn’t really pay off.
Everton got it right with Martinez. Before we got McLeish in we spoke to Martinez and he decided not to join us. It seems, for himself, he made the right decision but you can’t help but imagine where we would be if he had taken charge back then.
I digress. The point is that I think the only progressive managerial change (and I’m talking about within Britain) we could have made was Moyes and the chance has gone. Now I think we must be pragmatic and persist with Lambert.
The season started so well and there is a chance that form could return but if not it may mean we’ll have to settle for another year of finishing between thirteenth and seventeenth.
I hope that is not the case but I don’t see the point of getting someone like Pulis in because that band is exactly where we would finish with him. Let’s hope the form improves but, even if it does not, I don’t think we should risk a conservative managerial appointment just yet.