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Aston Villa Balls: Paul Lambert wins in the Sun as Spurs, Everton and Newcastle queue for his services

by | 17th, February 2015

The bouquets are out for Paul Lambert, who was finally sacked from his post as Aston Villa manager.

Alan Shearer tells Sun readers Lambert struggled because:

“They [Aston Villa] have had one of the lowest net spends in the Premier League.”

Did they? In February 2014, this was the net spend of the Premier League tables based on the preceding five seasons:

 

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Spurs, Everton and Newcastle must be hankering for Lambert’s services. Not.

Villa have long been one of the better-funed sides. From 2003 to today, that player investment table looks like this:

 

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Of course Lambert became Villa manager only in 2012. So. We could look only at the net spend over his tenure. In 2012/13, Aston Villa were the sixth highest net spenders in the Premier League.

In season 2013/14, Aston Villa were not bottom of the net spend table:

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On September 2, after the summer of 2014 transfers, Aston Villa posted a net spend of £6m.

Arsenal, net spend: £46m; Aston Villa, net spend £6m; Burnley, net spend £8m; Chelsea, net spend £10m; Crystal Palace, net spent £11m; Everton, net spend £33m; Hull City, net spend £25m
Leicester City, net spend £10m; Liverpool, net spend £36m; Manchester City, net spend £32m; Manchester United, net spend £122m; Newcastle United, net spend £25m; Queens Park Rangers, net spend £21m; Southampton, profit £31m; Stoke City, net spend £0.5m; Sunderland, net spend £10m; Swansea City, net spend £1.5m; Tottenham Hotspur, profit £6m; West Bromwich Albion, net spend £13m; and West Ham United, net spend £31m.Aston Villa was one of 9 clubs with a net spend of £10m or less.

Lambert was not unsupported by the Villa owners. He just wasn’t very good at managing what he had.

Such are the facts…

 



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