Paul Lambert Fans Favourite to be Sacked

Paul Lambert is the fans favourite to lose his job next in a poll carried out by the Guardian.

The Aston Villa manager took 25% of the votes in a poll asking fans who they think will be the first Premier League boss to lose their job this season.

Aston Villa kick off their season away to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Saturday after ending the 2013-14 season with seven defeats in their final nine games.

Lambert kept his side up by five points last season and are amongst the favourites to end their ever-present Premier League record at the end of this season, although are not amongst the top three.

With less than three weeks of the summer transfer window left, Paul Lambert has landed the experienced duo of Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole on free transfers.  He has also splashed out £2 million on Aly Cissokho from Valencia after spending last season on loan at Liverpool.  £600k has been spent on Kieran Richardson from Fulham after the Cottagers were relegated.

These four players with Premier League experience join the Aston Villa side who played a number of players from the youth team last season.

With Christian Benteke injured for the long term it seems likely that Villa will keep hold of their key Belgian striker until at least the winter transfer window.

You can find odds of 11/1 on Paul Lambert to be the first Premier League managed to lose his job this season.

The results for the newspaper’s poll were as follows:

Paul Lambert (Aston Villa) – 25%
Sam Allardyce (West Ham) – 19%
Alan Irvine (West Brom) – 17%
Alan Pardew (Newcastle) – 9%
Garry Monk (Swansea) – 8%
Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) – 3%
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) – 3%
Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) – 3%
Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 2%
Nigel Pearson (Leicester) – 2%
Arsène Wenger (Arsenal) – 1%
José Mourinho (Chelsea) – 1%
Tony Pulis (Crystal Palace) – 1%
Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) – 1%
Mauricio Pochettino (Manchester City) – 1%
Harry Redknapp (QPR) – 1%
Mark Hughes (Stoke) – 1%
Gus Poyet (Sunderland) – 1%
Roberto Martínez (Everton) – 0%
Steve Bruce (Hull City) – 0%