So what do Lambert’s latest comments mean?

It seems Paul Lambert held a press conference yesterday. I don’t know why, as I’ve always assumed the weekly update usually happens on Fridays?

Anyway, the upshot of it was that no-one’s leaving. Or are they?

Here’s the Sports Mole take on what Lambert said, where they suggest that Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph aren’t for sale. Notice, no mention of Gabby;

“I don’t think anyone will go without me saying so. Put it that way,” he told reporters.

“I think the lads are happy here and want to get going again. Things will happen with those lads in the next little bit. It will take course through the season.”

The Evening Mail quotes the same words, but doesn’t give the same “hands off” impression; more suggesting that we’ll look at their contracts.
And that article mentions Gabby.

How does that work then?
I thought we had an embargo on contracts, unless it’s the kids?
What things will happen with those lads in the next little bit? What will take course through the season?

I’m totally confused, as is per usual with Lambert’s comments.
So what happens if Randy Lerner says “sell”?
Will Lambert really say “no”?
I doubt it very much.

I think we’re being fed a line here.
I don’t believe for one minute that we’d be looking to sign these players up on new contracts as things stand, with Lerner desperately wanting out.
So if we get a good offer, I’m guessing they’re gone, simple and the money will go straight in Lerner’s pocket.
Unless there is a sale definitely in the pipeline, where Lerner and Lambert already have an inkling of how a serious prospective buyer might be thinking??

No, I’m going to stick with my usual “Lambert talks a load of proverbial”, attitude.

65 Comments

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  1. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 4, 2014 at 7:48 am . Reply

    Badger123, its no surprise to most Villa fans thats meaningless comments come from Lambert, firstly this is PR for Villa merchandise to move as you know shirts are on Sale this month plus new second in command has already been speaking to the meadia, Vlaar regardless what Oohah thinks will not go unless stupid money is mentioned and you’ve already pointed out it would weaken Aston Villa on the field, giving contracts out to our young players would in my mind tell other clubs if you want, you pay, its now obvious Villa has to work on a shoe string of players they have and Keane has to make player’s like Abonglahor do 90 minutes and not play when he thinks. That’s my take on what’s going on, have we got buyers yet? I don’t think so, it will not change at Villa till Learners out.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 8:28 am . Reply

      I’m still not convinced we are up for sake officially yes but unofficially no. Think it was another ruse by Lerner to carry on making money and appease fans at the same time. He will still be here next season IMO

      1. Saddened
        Saddened July 4, 2014 at 9:20 am . Reply

        “the lads want to get going again” oh forgot what a boring, moronic & dull man we have in charge…. i feel my blood pressure rising already and we haven’t kicked a ball yet !

        1. Lamberk
          Lamberk July 4, 2014 at 9:55 am . Reply

          I don’t know how the bloke’s got the nerve really.
          He lost the fans towards the end of the season and you don’t get that back.
          As much of an arrogant moron that Keane is, I enjoyed listening to him speak the other day.
          Lamberk is a walking cliche.
          I despise the man with a passion.
          2/3 months and then Keane will be in charge.

          1. Saddened
            Saddened July 4, 2014 at 10:00 am . Reply

            Agreed mate, as much as I don’t like Keane, listening to him the other day was like a breath of fresh air compared to the mumbling, dull and uninspiring Lamberk.

          2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 10:24 am . Reply

            It dosnt matter lamberk will pick himself up and go again!

        2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 10:23 am . Reply

          Next season we go again Ffs

          1. Lamberk
            Lamberk July 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm . Reply

            We’ll give it a right good go

  2. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 4, 2014 at 10:31 am . Reply

    Everyone of us agree today about what’s been said up till now, even Oohah agreeing its the best we have, and yes we will struggle you can see it a mile off, last year and the year before that people was saying I’ll give him 6 games to see if he’s the man, we all know he’s not and never will, we live in hope now that one person can change the game around ,its the best we will have, and that’s us knowing again we will struggle. Vtid.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm . Reply

      last season he bought himself a bit more time because of beating arsenal and city. I said then those wins just paper over the cracks which they did. If lamberk gets of to good start the worry is the fans will get behind him again then he gets another season. The point is yes we could go to arsenal and win but we all know lamberk cant sustain it. No good beating city or chelsea then losing to everyone else pointless.

  3. nath
    nath July 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm . Reply

    can’t believe some ppl

    roy keano has done nothing in managing side of the game ~ i aint gonna bother 2 post his brillant c/v, anyways he might be wot the players need, but as a assistant only. now i read a ex players questioning this, saying he can’t see him playing second fiddle 2 anyone, well yorke a rumour going around hes actually assistant 2 mon for rep of ireland

    first and foremost lerner need 2 sell before we see a new manager. if keano does becomes the new manager god help us

    oohahahahahaha i don’t think the better teams let villa win last season ~ sometimes even bad players have a good day.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 1:41 pm . Reply

      True like I say anyone can beat anyone on a given day beating a top 4 team and losing to everyone else does not make a good manager. I think keane will be an easy obvious choice for Lerner to make manager if pl dosnt cut it straight away

      1. nath
        nath July 4, 2014 at 2:14 pm . Reply

        all i want is lerner 2 realize we want him out and now , keane isn’t a manger his career is in tatters reasons why hes started again under mon and now lambert ~ maybe he will learn from his mistakes but if ur wishing this guy take over, then ur in for tears come end of nxt season

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 4:34 pm . Reply

          I don’t want lambert or keane or dumb and dumber!! But keane will be are manager if pl goes whether we like it or not. Hopefully we can drive him out quicker

          1. nath
            nath July 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm . Reply

            when you say drive him out (i hope u mean lerner )
            i think ppl are reading too much into this appointment. nobody wants 2 be appointed assistant manager for duration UNKOWN / soon as the clubs sold everyone will be replaced. lamberts contract enters his final 12months, lerner isn’t gonna sack lambert in his final 12months because hes so tight he wouldn’t want 2 offer any settlement 2 anybody other than his ex wife.

            keane already assistant to mon so this appointment suits him. he can work his foot into a door if villa improve this year,either at villa or any other team. but fail and villa are shit and its lamberts fault

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm . Reply

              But if lambert does go then keane is the obvious replacement. He is not here to play secind fiddle 4 long

          2. nath
            nath July 4, 2014 at 9:33 pm . Reply

            how you suppose lamberts goes ??? please stop edging ur bets stick ur neck out and say wot isn’t balancing on the fence ????

            you think lambert will be sack ??? 10/1 why don’t you slap a tenner or 20 on this and take a picture of this bet,post it then i will know ur not all mouth ~ personally i think if lambert was 2 b sacked he would av gone in his first year, many opportunities many thumping,

            no lambert will see out the remaining contract and lerner will still be ere making more excuses, keane will not become manager of this club not this season but thats his aim 2 sneak in somewhere

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath July 5, 2014 at 8:40 am . Reply

              Ok maybe keane is here as joint manager unofficially to help him pick team tactics etc or just to undermine him and force him to leave he coukd claim constructive dismissal then. Dumb and dumber I’m afraid

          3. Bill Pearson
            Bill Pearson July 5, 2014 at 9:00 am . Reply

            I don’t think they are that stupid Oohah,to get Lambert to fly out to meet him and put his point over regards Aston Villa’s future, the must have been an agreement by Lambert to go this far, our problem is we are all guessing on what they are up to, crooks of the matter is we don’t know, this is Learners little game in businesses, we was Delt a bad hand by Ellis in his choice of owners, it suited to sell and get the deals he had, he’s still at the club, he has boardrooms and rows of seats in directors box, he runs his brewery from Villa, I blame him for our problems.

  4. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum July 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm . Reply

    I wouldn’t even have given this completely pointless interview space. He is fucking useless. So is our CEO. So is our weakling of an owner. It’s all bullshit, empty and I’ve had enough.
    Fuck the idiots ruining our club. Had enough. Hear that? I’ve had enough. Spend my seasons match money on an extra holiday for the family.
    Sick of it. How dare they take away such a significant part of a fans lives?
    Bastards. Incompetent idiots all.
    (In my opinion, allegedly etc…).

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm . Reply

      Well said bum bum couldn’t have put it better myself

  5. OriginalLondonLion
    OriginalLondonLion July 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm . Reply

    The longer it goes on with no buyer – the more I am inclined to agree with OOHAH’ s hypothesis that we are not really up for sale. I don’t think 150M is too hard to find amongst the sort of people who have the desire to buy an EPL team. All bias aside I think Villa would be the best side in the EPL to buy at that asking price.

    I wonder though if behind the scenes the necessary planning authorities have been sounded out about moving the ground to near NEC, Brum International and the airport. This would have the important side effect of allowing a new name for a new stadium. As I have said before the biggest drawback to an outsider looking to buy an EPL club is the Banglashdeshi community almost surrounding Villa Park.

    1. Guest
      Guest July 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm . Reply

      Everton and Newcastle have been up for sale for far longer and in my opinion are far better investments, and neither have been sold to date, and do you know why?

      Because the real cost of investing in and running a football club in the Premier League is so huge that there are few buyers out there with the funds available to do it.

      I don’t understand why some clowns on here think it’s so simple to sell a football club.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:36 pm . Reply

        Agree guest and I think Lerner has priced himself put the market to scare suitors of. If he was that desperate he would reduce his price and get out as quick as poss

  6. Lionheart
    Lionheart July 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm . Reply

    We are DEF up for sale… but as per usual RL has gone about in a way that only a donkey would..

    Putting something up for sale does not mean it will be brought within a moment.. esp a Prem league going for around 200M..

    The whole issue is that complete retard of an owner made a big hoo ha with TWO statements when he didn’t have to say anything..

    Yes he wants to sell but there is absolutely no need to totally and utterly drain all funduing towards fees and wages.. In a season we have made 76M.. he could have easily given 20M plus wages for us to carry on..

    Its a running business.. unles you have soemthing conrete lined up then you carry on as normal.. within ur means.. and the above figure(s) would have been fine..

    Hell.. Lescott.. Holtby.. Victor Moses ( on loan ) etc would have suited us and not much expenditure..

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm . Reply

      Officially we are up for sale unofficially we are not

      1. Guest
        Guest July 6, 2014 at 2:40 pm . Reply

        Officially you are an idiot, unofficially, you are an idiot.

  7. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm . Reply

    Lionheart exactly, that prat if you ask me had his money left him, he don’t have the brains to earn it. When he took the rains of Aston Villa he allowed expensive players to come in on high wages and employed idiot managers to run Villa, now he’s using us to get his money back with none proven players and we have to take it. God help us if we don’t get sold because we will suffer more humiliation in the coming season. My only hope is Keane can turn boys into men because we have only two men in Villa park.

  8. Deferenz
    Deferenz July 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm . Reply

    Well my passion for football has died. I watched some of the world cup and I was like meh! Homogonous stuff. I just can’t get excited about the up coming season either. We are really going to struggle.

    I met someone last week who asked what club I supported. When I said Aston Villa they laughed in my face. They actually laughed in my face! Made my blood boil.

    1. Bum Bum
      Bum Bum July 8, 2014 at 11:07 am . Reply

      Oh come on! The first round of knock outs were awesome! Mainly because of the ‘lesser nations’ playing like a team, not a group of individuals. Algeria and the USA were two teams who made the tournament. Yr right about the big boys though…dull. and how much do fifa want Brazil to win????? Shameful refereeing.

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath July 8, 2014 at 11:44 am . Reply

        spot on i said from day 1 that it it is fixed in brazils favour just like it is for sky 4 in the prem

  9. nath
    nath July 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm . Reply

    you have 2 feel sorry for lerner ~ had benteke not got injured, he would av flourished in WC , maybe adding another 25 ~30 mill he could av stripped from the fans club. the 200mill or 150 mill claimed he wants is far too high, you would have 2 consider the lack of investment in the 1st team and how much you would have 2 spend to stand still. lerner hasn’t spent enough in the last 4 years and now we could be in limbo 4 another 2 years while he recoups his losses

  10. Benno
    Benno July 5, 2014 at 11:22 pm . Reply

    We need a complete revamp from top to bottom. Lerner, Faulkener and Lambert have combined to make a complete mockery of the club. The sooner they are all gone the better. Then we can start to rebuild-with the players that want to be at Villa.

  11. nath
    nath July 6, 2014 at 9:03 am . Reply

    watching vlaar last nite and in other games sofar for the dutch team he seems 2 be more hands on. why is this ~ for villa he has standout games were hes brilliant, but they are few and far between, if he stays he has to be more commanding like hes been in the orange shirt in everygame sofar

    1. Lamberk
      Lamberk July 6, 2014 at 9:54 am . Reply

      Difficult to be more commanding when you’ve got to cover for clowns like Clarke and Baker!

      1. nath
        nath July 6, 2014 at 10:04 am . Reply

        that had crossed my mind ~ but this upcoming season he cant have this excuse with okore and sendros likely to be his partner. if vlaar hangs around

        1. Bill Pearson
          Bill Pearson July 6, 2014 at 10:35 am . Reply

          Let’s not be like Oohah, Vlaar playing for his country plus has noted defender’s in front and left and right, I’ll stand by that man to build on, Oohah ostracized Vlaar from day one, his problems in mistakes was other players. Nath I know you know your football and made good comments, that one being OKore and Cole if he slips up then I’ll just fair away.

          1. nath
            nath July 6, 2014 at 10:46 am . Reply

            don’t get me wrong i like vlaar and think hes been good for villa. but i just put out there that in the orange shirt he is more commanding, seems 2b more influential, i see he still makes the odd mistake, like the penalty he should av conceded last nite

            also i think if we can pair up okore and vlaar thats will be a good pairing. lowton on the right and HELP on the left. our defence has a stronger look about it, don’t u think bill

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 10:59 am . Reply

              That’s the problem he still coukd of had holland knocked out last night with his errors. He also gave the ball away in first half with a dodgy clearance that led to cr nearly scoring. Makes too many unforced errors

          2. Bill Pearson
            Bill Pearson July 6, 2014 at 11:39 am . Reply

            Oohah leave the man alone, yes he did foul in the box, what was Messie doing yesterday the very same do you have a go at the best player in the tournament, even the bloody ref turn away, Give Vlaar a break man at least they are further than we are as a country, Vlaar is the best we have back for once.

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm . Reply

              He may be the best we have but that’s not saying much Bill. Messi is a forward not a defender what’s your point

        2. Lamberk
          Lamberk July 6, 2014 at 11:01 am . Reply

          Sender-dross, your kidding right?
          This guy has played for 70mins in the World Cup and without doubt has looked the worst centre-half in the tournament!
          Even relegated Fulham shipped him out. Shocking signing.

          1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
            OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 11:05 am . Reply

            Spot on lamberk dross by name dross by nature. Though I think Okore coukd be good

          2. nath
            nath July 6, 2014 at 11:15 am . Reply

            i never endorsed sendros i would say okore and vlaar as number 1 pairing. i saw a lot of fulham last year on the box, sendros is good defender if he plays deep. trouble starts when fulham press upfield high, sendros was always caught out, if hes back up then beggers cant be choosers.

            my fears are the owner and his quest 2 sell us / if your a player would you come 2 villa knowing a new manager, will arrive soon as clubs sold. also come 12 months and lerners still here and lamberts contract ends, what manager would come to villa on basis of week by week contract or am i panicking to far ahead

            1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
              OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm . Reply

              Probably right thou this season is pointless and not just literally lol

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 11:04 am . Reply

      Still makes too many unforced errors even in an orange shirt. Btw does anyone else think the wc is fixed in favour of big teams ie cr had a def pen turned down. Just like the prem with the sky four always winning and getting big decisions. Iv said all along Brazil will win as fixed in their favour IMO even without neymar who is so overrated its untrue.

      1. nath
        nath July 6, 2014 at 11:08 am . Reply

        i think ur on to sumat there ~ i have noticed the referees are biased towards Argentina and Brazil,

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm . Reply

          Shame really but all big teams in football seen to get the big decisions. Ever since fergie got that 10 mins of extra time which effectively cost us the league iv suspected it. Media and football establishment would never allow a team like us to win the league even if we did have big money to spend.

      2. #HELENIUS
        #HELENIUS July 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm . Reply

        Defenders make defensive mistakes, forwards make forward mistakes by not taking their chances . .next ull tell me as it was 0-0 and the Dutch had loadsa chances both RVP and Robben are overrated.

        1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
          OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:33 pm . Reply

          Rvp is overrated Robben is class. The diff is vlaar makes more unforced errors than most through I’m looking fwd to dross challenging him on the mistakes front.

  12. GIDDYVILLAN
    GIDDYVILLAN July 6, 2014 at 11:10 am . Reply

    I for one would be sorry to see vlaar exit the club especially with what we’ve got as back up.I would love to see how things pan out with okore at his side instead of laurel & hardy making his job almost impossible.as for this chap sendeross OOHA you’ll have a field day ripping him apart.fucking dreading the New season.

    1. Bill Pearson
      Bill Pearson July 6, 2014 at 11:57 am . Reply

      Nice one Giddy, Oohah will be back on form, Nath I’ve noticed the refs are one eyed, it will got to a south american team mark my words, Europeans team are mark to go out.

      1. nath
        nath July 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm . Reply

        nods in total agreement argies will win

      2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm . Reply

        Def Brazil or Argentina more likely Brazil. Football is fixed one way or another imo

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm . Reply

      I can’t wait giddy lol. Il rip him to shreds lol

  13. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee July 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm . Reply

    Ashley young reported to have been offered back to Villa would Lerner pay his wages I would have him back in a shot

    1. nath
      nath July 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm . Reply

      i very much doubt lerner paying his wages, 20k and begging united 2 pay rest of his wages, maybe the only way young returns for me

      1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm . Reply

        Just like Lerner to help fergie utd out by taking him back. Fuckin hope not

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm . Reply

      Wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole plus his wages are well out of our league. All he does is cut in on the left with his right foot and either hits the cross straight out or never clears the first man. If he us not doing that he’s diving all over the place no thanks

  14. Deferenz
    Deferenz July 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm . Reply

    Oohah said;

    “Btw does anyone else think the wc is fixed in favour of big teams ie cr had a def pen turned down. Just like the prem with the sky four always winning and getting big decisions. Iv said all along Brazil will win as fixed in their favour IMO even without neymar who is so overrated its untrue.”

    I totally agree with this. I noticed it a few times in games. Too much politics and too much sponsorship money ruling the game (allegedly & IMO of course…)

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:41 pm . Reply

      Agreed and it’s a disgrace. At least in USA wrestling you are told it’s fixed in advance of spending your money. This season will be no different and the table will more or less mirror the previous ten years totally pointless. Not just in England worldwide at least in the 70s and 80s teams like us ipswich derby etc had a chance to win the league despite Liverpool’s dominance. The prem league and World Cup is one big con IMO

  15. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson July 6, 2014 at 4:04 pm . Reply

    You should by now have noticed we are the most hated country in the world, any thing to do with sport, political, or being English, if you go abroad they like you for your money, not you, they play mind games better than us, me born here die here, every footballer from over the water is only here for the money same as the Yank that has our club, be British stay British , that’s my moto. This in answer to Deferenz.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath July 6, 2014 at 8:45 pm . Reply

      Oh come off it Bill that is complete rubbish. So Britain was being nice to all of Europe when we had the euros all we wanted was their fans to come over preferably to London and rip them of as much as we can and send them home skint. British footballers like bale didn’t go to real for the money of course, beckham never went to USA either for money. Bill that’s tge biggest rubbish iv ever heard from you tbh

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