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Under fire Villa manager gets backing from club legend

Villa legend Ian Taylor backs manager after poor start to season Photo: PA

With new manager Paul Lambert seeing his Aston Villa side set a record for the club's worst ever start to a Premier League season, a vote of confidence from one of the club's greatest ever players will no doubt come as welcome support.

Ian Taylor played for Villa more than 200 times during a nine year spell, where for much of the time he was also captain.

And although he admits to concern that the club he supported all his life are just one point above the relegation places he believes manager Paul Lambert, who arrived in the summer from Norwich City, is the right man to lead the club forward.

"I think he is the perfect man for where we are at the moment, he can pick and choose players from the lower leagues like he did at Norwich on a budget, which is what he is working to now, so hopefully he can do that here".

– Ian Taylor

But there was no hiding his feelings at seeing the club he still supports being so near to the bottom of the Premier League.

"Obviously it is worrying, if you are going through a period like weare, you want to keep winning and it is difficult to keep doing thatwhen they are changing so many things in the team".

– Ian Taylor

Aston Villa host Norwich City on Saturday, Lambert will hope that Aston Villa show his former club he hasn't lost the knack for winning.