Aston Villa have assured manager Paul Lambert his job is safe.

The Daily Mail says Lambert will retain his job as Aston Villa manager next season, irrespective of whether or not the club stays in the Premier League.

The Scot has been assured that his position is safe by Villa's power-brokers ahead of two matches in the next eight days that will have a crucial bearing on the outcome of the club's season.

Villa travel to Reading tomorrow and then host QPR as they look to kick-start a season that has only sporadically threatened to kick into life.