Paul Lambert: Sam Allardyce is proof I can turn Villa around

Paul Lambert and Sam Allardyce
Paul Lambert enjoyed successive promotions at Norwich before joining Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he does not fear the sack despite his side's poor form, and points to Sam Allardyce's success at West Ham as proof he can oversee a turnaround.

Villa have now lost their last six Premier League games and travel to face the in-form Hammers on Saturday.

When asked about his job, Lambert said: "I don't have any fears whatsoever."

"Sam's been through it and he has been there and bought the t-shirt. That's what you do, you come through it."

West Ham supporters were vocal in their dissent towards Allardyce at the end of last season, when the side lost eight of their final 11 matches.

But the Hammers now sit fifth in the Premier League table, and Lambert, 45, wants to respond to Villa fans' criticisms in a similar way.

"I understand the way fans react but the crowd were really excellent against Spurs," he said.

"They want to see their team winning. Since I have been here they have been great."

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