Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner praises manager Paul Lambert's loyalty after coaches are suspended
Wednesday 16 April 2014
Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has given his backing to the club's manager Paul Lambert after the suspension of Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa this week.
Villa confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that assistant manager Culverhouse and head of football operations Karsa had been suspended "pending an internal investigation", with Gordon Cowans and goalkeeper Shay Given being temporarily promoted to assist Lambert and his first-team coaching staff.
On Villa's official website, Lerner said Lambert had shown "total loyalty and commitment" to the club in his handling of "some unexpected issues", but neither Culverhouse nor Karsa was mentioned by name.
Lerner said: "Our manager has been faced with some unexpected issues that could have very easily set the club back. In watching him handle matters, along with our chief executive [Paul Faulkner], I've seen total loyalty and commitment to Aston Villa while Gordon, a Villa man through and through, has repeatedly stepped up to support the club regardless of the ask.
"Shay, too, has been unhesitating in answering the manager's call. I couldn't ask for more from people who are up for this challenge and the very real obstacles we have to overcome, as is everyone at the club."
The suspensions, which are thought to be of a disciplinary nature rather than being directly related to Villa's recent performances, have come at a difficult time for the Midlands club, who have lost four matches on the bounce and are still threatened by the prospect of relegation from the Premier League.
In a statement issued on Monday, Faulkner admitted that all staff at the club were "hurting" and called for the Villa fans to get behind the team, with everyone "pulling together".
In Tuesday's announcement, Lambert was only quoted as expressing his delight at having Cowans and Given to assist him and stressing that "the whole group" are focused on Saturday's home game against Southampton.
Cowans, who served previously as first-team coach and won the European Cup as a Villa player, said: "When the manager asked me to step up I didn't hesitate. This is a challenge we face and we face it together as a club.
"From now until the end of the season we need 100 per cent commitment from everybody and I know we'll get this."
Given, who holds a Uefa A coaching licence, said: "The players are desperate to succeed here and to secure the results we need between now and the end of the season.
"There's real belief, too, which has always been there.Any club can go through trying periods but the most important thing for me is the football club. The football club will always be here and that's why it's the most important thing, so we all know our responsibilities."
Latest in Sport
England vs Lithuania: Roy Hodgson set to resist calls to start with Spurs striker Harry Kane
Paul Scholes: Frustrated Steven Gerrard should have started crucial game between Liverpool and Manchester United
Paul Scholes: It's amazing Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has so few caps for England
New kits for 2015/16: Have the Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona strips been leaked?
England vs Lithuania: Theo Walcott 'at risk of being left behind' in Three Lions pecking order
- 1 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 2 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 3 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 4 #FreeTheNipple: Women in Iceland bare breasts in solidarity with trolled student
- 5 Cate Blanchett loses temper during interview: 'That's your f**king question?'
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash live: Andreas Guenter Lubitz intentionally crashed flight 9525 into the Alps in act of mass murder and suicide – latest