There was a rumour from an ITK (yes, I know!) a week or two back, that was floating around on H&V (and maybe another Villa site, I forget exactly) which basically said that Randy Lerner originally promised Paul Lambert money to spend in the current window, but later pulled the plug.
It now transpires that it has (maybe, you know what ITK’s are like) come from someone who is apparently close to the assistant manager, Ian Culverhouse.
Now I’m not necessarily saying it’s true, but it would make sense to me.
It would certainly explain why Lambert seemed reasonably ok when we were going through the really bad period that was Christmas and has recently seemed lost and even tetchy during interviews (so much so that it seems he’s fallen out with Matt Kendrick).
If Lerner has pulled the plug (and I know it’s all conjecture), you would have to ask the question “why?”
There are only two reasons that I can see.
a) Randy doesn’t have the money, or:
b) He doesn’t trust Lambert to spend it wisely.
Neither make sense to me.
Randy has a boatload of money he can lay his hands on if needed (yes, I know it’s trust money, but he could draw on it, surely?)
And if he doesn’t trust Lambert, surely he’d have sacked him by now?
No, IF this rumour is true, there has to be another reason, that I’m not seeing.
As I said, I suspect this rumour is not far off the mark, but would be interested in what you think.