Former Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has claimed that the club are difficult to manage, as reported by The Express.

The 49-year-old managed Villa between 2012 and 2015 and has lifted the lid on what it is like to be in charge of the club following the recent appointment of Dean Smith:

“It’s difficult because of the expectation level really.

“The club was trying to get sold [when I was there]but the fans have got the history of a European Cup-winning football club.

“You’ve got that, a big fanbase behind you, who every time expect you to be up there.”

Lambert did, however, claim that he enjoyed his time at Villa Park:

“I loved my time there – it was great, it really was a great club to be at and you move on for one reason or another.

“But the expectancy level was really really high, always.

“Dean Smith is going to have to master that side of it.”

Lambert was dismissed in February 2015 with Villa occupying 18th place in the Premier League. He was replaced by Tim Sherwood, who guided the Villains to safety but couldn’t save himself from the sack during the following season.

Newly-appointed Dean Smith will be hoping to live up to the lofty ambitions of the Villa Park faithful and has the backing of former Villa and Manchester United boss Ron Atkinson:

“I am delighted because so far he has done an absolutely smashing job, both at Walsall and Brentford. He truly deserves this step up. Whenever a job has come up I have always promoted him.”

His first test as Villa boss comes on Saturday when his side host Graham Potter’s Swansea City.



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