Scot remains confident though of keeping the club in the top flight.
Under-pressure Aston Villa head coach Paul Lambert says that chairman Randy Lerner informed him of the tough challenges he would face when he took the job.
The struggling Midlands outfit entertain Premier League champions Manchester City at Villa Park on Monday night already in the bottom three following last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.
“I knew it was going to be a tough job here. Randy told me that from day one,” Lambert said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the live showdown with City.
“You either deal with it and meet it head on or you roll over and die with it. I always meet things head on.
“It’s a great challenge, but it’s a brilliant challenge for us to go and rectify it.”
Meanwhile, the Scot also went on to rubbish suggestions that contract talks with key midfield player Andreas Weimann had broken down this week.
The Austria international had scored an impressive ten times already this campaign, although the player only has 17 months left on his current deal.
“Have contract talks stalled? No, we are still talking.
“Contrary to reports, I spoke to Andi the other day about it and he has never once indicated what the report said.”