Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner gives Paul Lambert backing

Randy Lerner is rarely seen at Villa Park Credit: PA

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has reiterated his support for manager Paul Lambert ahead of Tuesday's crunch Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Newcastle.

Lerner appointed Lambert last summer and is convinced the former Norwich boss can steer the Midlands club through their current battle to avoid the drop.

Lerner said: "In the time that I've come to know Paul, what is clear above all else is his strength of character and belief in his approach to football.