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Lambert still retained as Villa boss even if relegated

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert's job is safe even if the club are relegated, reports BBC Sport. Villa lost their Carling Cup semi-final to League Two Bradford on Tuesday and are 17th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation places.

BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy says Villa owner Randy Lerner talked to Lambert after watching the Bradford game live in the USA.

"Lerner is unwilling to seek more managerial upheaval," Murphy said.

"If the unthinkable happened and Villa were relegated I think Lerner would still stick with Lambert.

"He backed the manager's decision to go for young, hungry players last summer to the tune of £23m and he admires Lambert's conviction.

"They talk regularly each week and I don't think Lerner has wobbled about the manager. Lerner hasn't sacked a Villa manager during a season. He feels it's shooting yourself in the foot. He wants calm decision-making and stability."

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