Aston Villa boss, Paul Lambert says he believes his side can climb the table in a new era as he prepares to mark his 100th game in charge of the club.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Norwich City manager said critics must give him time to help move Villa up the table, “You have to earn the right to get up there. Teams and clubs will always go through difficult spells,” he said. “If you look at Borussia Dortmund for example they beat Monchengladbach to come out of the bottom three.
“Nobody would believe that, how has that happened because if you look at the Champions League and they are absolutely flying.
“Teams have little ropey times they will come through.
“I think every football management job is hard, you don’t have success all the time, it is like a bubble which appears now and again, then it goes away and you don’t see it for a few years.”
Villa who had a sensational start to the season have since gone 7 games without a win. The club is now slipping ever closer to the relegation zone and fans are voicing their concerns. However, Lambert remains positive his side can claw their way back up the Premier League.
“We have to do a lot better, this club is too big a club and too good a club to keep doing what it has been doing,” he said.
“It has to get up there, it is too big this football club. You have to earn the right to get there and work your backside off to get there. It is not just going to come to you. You have to earn the right to get it.
“You want this place to be really vibrant every single week when you play home and away and you want to compete with everybody.
“It doesn’t matter if you are playing top six you want to keep going high.”
Villa host high flying Southampton tonight at Villa park, how will they fare?