Paul Lambert is once again the favourite for the sack following Aston Villa's shock Capital One Cup exit at the hands of League Two side Bradford. Despite recording a late 2-1 victory at Villa Park on Tuesday night it wasn't enough to overhaul the Bantams, who stunned Villa 3-1 in the first-leg. The 4-3 aggregate defeat piles more misery on both the club and Lambert who are now in a full-blown crisis.
The League Cup exit will be hard to take and only time will tell if it has any repercussions. Bookmakers have reacted to the cup upset by making the under-fire Lambert the new 4/7 frontrunner with Stan James in the Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked Market.
The former Norwich boss insists that he will continue to do all he can to keep Villa in the Premier League, with their 20 season stay under serious threat. Since the inauguration of the Premier League in 1992/93 Villa have never been relegated but they can now be backed at just 11/10 with William Hill to suffer the dreaded drop down to the Championship.
Lambert splashed out £22million in the summer transfer window, which has seen a return of just four wins from 23 top flight matches. The Midlands club are just one point above the relegation zone following a torrid run of four defeats from their last six league games. Both Gérard Houllier and Alex McLeish lasted just a season at the helm and if the poor results continue Lambert could find himself hurled out the exit door even sooner then his predecessors.
Villa come up against Championship side Millwall on Friday for their FA Cup fourth round clash at The Den. They will no doubt have one eye on their game at home to fellow strugglers Newcastle on Tuesday, which is simply huge. The Magpies are just one point above Villa in the table and are similarly on a shocking run of form. The winners of the encounter will give their chances of survival a huge boost, while the losers will sink into new depths of despair.
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