Can't see why Lambert would go to Villa, surely his mentor MON would have warned him off the job? Fans with ridiculous expectations mixed with a lack of financial power is not a great combination. Villa are basically a selling club these days, I don't understand the attraction unless Lernar has been saving his money for a quality young mananger. Paul is that man.
Lambert doesn't have any real discernable weaknesses, just great player judgement, world class tactical ability and good man management skills which have enabled him to motivate Grant Holt to go from a fat lower league underachiever into a premier league footballer. The only challenge left for Lambert is whether he can manage high expectations and deal with big egos. I have no doubt that Paul will prove himself as a top manager at some point in time, he's that good potentially, took a dying debt ridden club from the basement of league one to the premier league mid table within three years.
If this is true, then good luck to Paul, there's no way I can hold a grudge after what he has done for Norwich. Treat him well Hams, you don't know how lucky you are going from expecting draws at home to expecting wins away. I'm now off for a crywank, hopefully I will wake up tommorow and this will have all been a horrible cliched dream. Leave the memories alone, etc.
Well during 'Super' MON's time at Villa, the only Prem club that spent more money were Man City. I'm not sure whether that's a combination of transfer fees and wages, or just transfer fees I just read it in a BBC article. But MON did sign some real shite (Reo-Coker, Marlon Harewood, Curtis Davies, etc.) on high wages that Villa had to carry on paying for after he quit 3 days before the start of a new season. Milner and Barry got sold to Man City. Well it's hard for even a club in the top 4 like Arsenal to stop their players going there if Man City come calling. At least Wenger didn't quit at the start of this season when he lost Nasri to Man City though. And trust me no Villa fan (apart from a few oddballs maybe) would have been calling for MON to be sacked had he not got Villa in the top 4 etc. after losing Milner (still just one player, and it's not like Milner is Messi), I mean in terms of your 'ridiculous expectations' comment.
Anyway, most Villa fans including me were disappointed when O'Neill left, and he did v well in terms of results, remember his time at Villa fondly but he did not spend well overall.
Ba to Chelsea would be pretty logical. I know their fans will be holding out for Falcao, but given how much they spent on Hazard, they might have to go cheaper on Drogba's replacement because of FFP. Similarly Spurs could get Ba if Adebayor proves too expensive. They'll probably need another striker anyway though cause Saha has left, too.
It's a shame for Newcastle, but I really can't see Ba staying there. He'd be an asset for pretty much every club top club in England. Ba himself will likely make a killing in wages too as he can basically auction himself off to the highest bidder given how low his release clause is.
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