Thursday media watch [24.01.13 AM]: Lambert/Vlaar in the news
Birmingham Mail: Ron Vlaar insists Aston Villa must ensure there is no hangover from the Capital One Cup nightmare against Bradford when they return to knockout action in the FA Cup at Millwall tomorrow night. Manager Paul Lambert faces a massive challenge to lift his players again after the humiliation of their failure to see off League Two opposition. But it is a challenge he must meet if Villa's season is not to crumble completely and defender Vlaar knows the players can't afford to feel sorry for themselves.
RTE: Skipper Ron Vlaar insists Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert retains the full support of the players as they look to recover from Capital Cup One heartbreak. Villa suffered a shock 4-3 aggregate semi-final setback against npower League Two side Bradford despite winning the second leg 2-1 at Villa Park. It was the latest blow in a season where the club have become embroiled in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle. Vlaar and his team-mates retain total faith in Lambert whose position is not under threat.
The Sun: Randy Lerner is set to stand by Paul Lambert — despite Aston Villa's woeful defeat to Bradford. The lowly League Two side embarrassed Villa on Tuesday night to secure a trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final. But even that has not tempted the billionaire owner to wield the axe. Villa, just a point above the drop zone, are also battling for their Premier League future. But Lerner is believed to be ready to keep faith with boss Lambert — even if they go down.
Daily Mirror: Paul Lambert has been to the States for crunch talks with Aston Villa supremo Randy Lerner - and has been told he still has the American's support. Struggling Villa are 17th in the Premier League, a point above the drop-zone, and reeling after being knocked out of the Capital One Cup semi-finals over two legs by League Two side Bradford. Villa's young side beat the Bantams 2-1 in the second leg on Tuesday, but bowed out 4-3 on aggregate when the final was within touching distance. Sources at Villa Park have described the shock exit - Bradford are the first fourth-tier team ever to reach a major Wembley final - as "a real sickener", but Lerner still has confidence in manager Lambert.
Daily Telegraph: Paul Lambert has been told his job is safe at Aston Villa but he will not receive any extra funds to strengthen his struggling squad. The Villa manager is under increasing pressure after the humiliating exit to Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final and has spoken with owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner extensively over the past 24 hours. But there will be no knee-jerk reaction to Tuesday night's embarrassment and Villa are determined to "tough it out" and keep faith with the Scot, who has still escaped criticism from the majority of supporters. Lerner called Lambert shortly after the second leg against Bradford and reiterated his support for the 43-year-old.
Guardian: Paul Lambert continues to enjoy the unqualified support of the Aston Villa owner, Randy Lerner, despite Tuesday night's humiliating semi-final exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of League Two Bradford City. With Villa also mired in relegation trouble, Bradford's 4-3 aggregate victory over a club 61 places above them on the football ladder has raised questions about Lambert's ability to turn things around. Lerner, however, has no intention of sacking a manager he appointed only seven months ago. The American spoke to Lambert on the phone after the Bradford match and, although the result represented a huge disappointment, especially as it was viewed as a chance to alter the course of Villa's season, Lerner is behind the manager to the extent that he is prepared to stand by him even if Villa are relegated. Lerner does not believe in knee-jerk reactions and he continues to regard Lambert - Villa's third manager in as many turbulent seasons - as the right person to get the club back on track. Lerner's backing will not, however, stretch to greater financial support in this transfer window.
Daily Mail: Paul Lambert retains the backing of Aston Villa's hierarchy as they refused to take any immediate action after the club's humiliating Capital One Cup exit. Villa's power-brokers stood behind Lambert after yet another embarrassing episode in a campaign that appears on the brink of collapse following an horrific four weeks. The message was clear from the boardroom, there will be no knee-jerk reaction.
Daily Express: Paul Lambert will stay as Aston Villa manager even if his first season turns into a disaster and the club are relegated. Lambert, chief executive Paul Faulkner and owner Randy Lerner - by phone from America - yesterday chewed over the bones of Villa's humiliating Capital One Cup defeat by Bradford. The outcome was that Lambert, appointed only seven months ago, will keep his job regardless of whether Villa drop out of the top-flight for the first time in 27 years.
Times: Paul Lambert has been reassured that he will be manager of Aston Villa next season even if his team follow up the humiliation of losing on aggregate to Bradford City in the last four of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday with relegation. Randy Lerner, the Villa chairman, retains faith in the man he appointed last summer despite missing out on a place at Wembley and the team placed precariously one position and one point above the bottom three.
Birmingham Mail: Villa travel to Millwall in the FA Cup tomorrow with Paul Lambert trying to fathom how to stop his team conceding from set-pieces. All season Villa have been susceptible and the weakness continued in costly fashion on Tuesday when League Two side Bradford City were allowed to collect an away goal which virtually settled the tie. And as Lambert addresses the urgent challenge of how to translate training-ground work into matchday efficiency, he insists the players all know their jobs.
Daily Star: Paul Lambert is facing an FA Cup nightmare to follow Aston Villa's humiliating Capital One Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Bradford. The Villa boss can't afford a second knockout blow as he prepares to pick a side to go to Championshipside Millwall for tomorrow's fourth-round clash.But he also needs to rest key playersbefore a massive battle for survival in the Premier League at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle on Tuesday.
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