Villa director hits out at departing manager.
Paul Lambert has been blasted by his former employers Aston Villa after he himself hinted the club had not done enough to back him in the transfer market, reports CaughtOffside.
The Scot was an unpopular figure at Villa Park for much of his reign, particularly this season, though he felt he had not been given sufficient funds to build a more competitive side.
Still, director General Charles Krulak has defended owner Randy Lerner and hit out at Lambert for these claims, saying: “This idea Randy had not put money into the club and that Paul’s hands were tied is simply not true. It’s hogwash.
“Paul took the job knowing he had good, experienced players, Agbonlahor, Bent, N’Zogbia, even if they were expensive.
“But he argued he needed a group of fresh young players. Randy backed him to bring in six to eight players in that first year or so.
“And the club’s net spend during Paul’s tenure was the highest of ANY manager Randy has had, even Martin O’Neill. That is the reality.
“Randy was loathe to remove a manager mid-campaign,” he added. “But there was this intensely strong feeling, not least from players and fans, Villa should be doing a lot better. Paul was just not bringing the team together.
“Randy wants a team that – win, lose or draw – is fun to watch. But the opposite was true.”