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Paul Lambert offered full support from Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Despite a poor run of results in the Premier League, not many goals and a stadium full of disgruntled fans, Aston Villa's chief executive Tom Fox said on Wednesday manager Paul Lambert had the full support of American owner Randy Lerner.

Lambert's Villa side are fighting once again to avoid relegation. Credit: PA

Villa, who started the season brightly and were second in the middle of September, have slipped to 15th in the table, the same lowly position they ended last season.

Lambert's misfiring side have taken only 12 points from their last 18 league games, but Fox told BBC Sport sacking Lambert mid-season would be like 'flipping a coin'.

When things aren't going well, fans bay for that type of blood. That's not the way that I or the owner are going to make a decision. It's a false narrative.

I think football's a funny business and I think to put it all on the manager, again, that's a bit of a false narrative.

Our focus for the last couple of months has been on making sure we support Paul to make us as successful as possible, and I think we're heading in the right direction.

– Aston Villa chief executive Tom Fox

Calls to make Silverstone cheaper for racing fans

Lewis Hamilton during Mid Season Testing at Silverstone Race Track Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

The new chief of Silverstone says he's working towards making the British Grand prix more affordable for fans.

Patrick Allen took over at the circuit in Northamptonshire earlier this month.

He said that the cheapest day ticket for this year's race, which was £155, was far too expensive.

Silverstone hosted its first British Formula One Grand Prix in 1948.

Bent fires Derby back to second in the Championship

Derby County's Darren Bent Credit: Dave Thompson/EMPICS Sport

Derby moved back up to second in the Sky Bet Championship as Darren Bent came off the bench to score a brace, earning them a hard-fought 2-0 win over Blackburn last night.

Bent, on loan from Aston Villa, scored his first in the 68th minute at the iPro Stadium.

The former England man then took his tally to three in four days with a second at the death.


Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic to miss rest of season

Stoke City's Bojan Krkic celebrates scoring the first goal against Rochdale yesterday Credit: PA

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee, the club have announced.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes said the injury is "bitterly disappointing" for both the player and the club.

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