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Lambert praises Lerner for Aston Villa's bright start

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert Credit: PA

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes owner Randy Lerner's honesty over his desire to sell the club has contributed to their best Premier League start in eight years.

Villa's 2-1 win over Hull, a scoreline that does not quite do justice to their dominance for the first hour, took them to seven points from a possible nine heading to the international break.

That is their best opening three-game return since 2006/07 and a far cry from the embattled atmosphere that shrouded the club towards the end of last season.

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I think what has helped is the chairman coming out and saying what he said.

That's given people a clear picture of what is happening.

Everybody knows the situation with the football club now, the way it is, it's out there.

The chairman's being great, he's done everything he can here.

The crowd have galvanised as well. They've realised if they stick with it and get right behind it I'm pretty sure we'll win more than not.

– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager

Villa currently sit third in the league.

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Team kit stolen in Coventry City store ram-raid

The Coventry City football store was the scene of a ram-raid last night, with initial enquiries suggesting a Ford Focus reversed through the windows before a "large number" of the club's home and away strips were stolen.

Police were alerted to the raid at the unit on the Gallagher retail park shortly before 9.45pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Jon Fanti, from Coventry Police, said:

Initial inquiries suggest that around four people were inside the Ford Focus with four more travelling on two motorbikes.

The car sustained extensive rear end damage and the exhaust was torn off by the force of the collision.

I’m asking that anyone who may have seen the car or two motorbikes before or after the burglary to in touch.

Among the kits stolen were 16 of the new white away shirts size XXXXL. If you’re offered one of these at a price which it too good to be true, you need to think about how that person came by them and what they’ll be doing with your hard earned cash.

CCTV footage which may have captured the burglars in action has been secured.

Meanwhile forensic scene investigators are scouring the store for clues while the investigation continues.

Leicester City eyeing three new players

Nigel Pearson wants to add to his squad before the transfer window closes Credit: PA

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.

Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer.

The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal.

Esteban Cambiasso playing for Inter Milan again Spurs in 2013 Credit: PA

Cambiasso is still a possibility. There's been progress over the weekend so I'm more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I'm loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in next couple of days.

We've been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in we want to bring in.

I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year.

We've been very positive but it is nice to have different options.

Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.

– Nigel Pearson, Leicester City Manager

Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin).

Pearson added: "Danny will be introduced back into training this week so maybe available for the week. Matty's shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up."

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