Aston Villa is one of the precious few clubs to have never been relegated since the inception of the Premier League, but that status is certainly in question after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Hull City.
The Villans aren’t scoring and are playing poorly, and manager Paul Lambert looks the part of a man without answers.
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Yet he’s also forced to try to give some during the post match press conferences. He knows fans are rolling out “Lambert Out” banners, and is trying to handle it with class.
Here’s what he said Tuesday after their fifth-straight loss coupled with QPR’s win over Sunderland sent Villa into 18th place with 13 matches to play.
From the BBC:
“I’ve told the players they’ve got 13 cup finals. That’s how they’ve got to look at it. I know they’re more than capable of doing it.
“There’s seven or eight teams in it. We just have to get ourselves out out it. We’ve got to keep battling away and keep our heads up. We’re certainly in a fight. You have to keep going and keep being positive.
“There’s a fight, the lads know it. There’s a lot of football to be played.”
Long viewed as a sleeping giant, the Villans now could face life in the second tier of English football. It’s almost unfathomable in a way. Not quite Borussia Dortmund unthinkable, but close.
Can they do it with Lambert at the helm? Can the afford to risk the answer to that question being, “No”?