OK, I defended Lerner for a long time.
When others were saying he was hopeless I pointed to the good things he did do. The training ground, the appearance in and around Villa Park, the fantastic facilities compared to when Ellis was there.
However in all those years battling for Ellis out, I always said any owner is judged by the performances on the pitch. Tonight I have seen all kinds of excuses for Lerner but the facts are clear,
- He allowed MON to agree to the wage deals that he says broke the club, no sense of putting a limit on him at all (or did Lerner run out of cash and thus stopped the promises ??)
- He appointed an manager who was obviously never going to be fit enough and cause major problems within the squad
- Shall I even mention the appointment of Mcleish ?
Then long came Lambert, able to get him on the cheap. A manager happy to deal cheap and not get stars (can he manage them anyway ??), no wonder they agreed to the ‘vision’ whatever that is now.
Lerner was also in charge of the Browns for a decade appointed countless dud coaches and management staff and in all terms on the field a total and utter failure.
Yes I defended Lerner for a while but we are falling backwards season by season. People say give Lambert time but when the situation is not improving at all do we even have the time.
I am not and will never call for Lambert to go but if anyone does then they are excusing the man at the top. The man at the top is responsible solely for the mess we are in. HE defined the policies that replaced class like Downing, Young and Milner with the likes of Ireland, N’Zogbia, Westwood and Bowery.
Only way to go from there.