Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been told by owner Randy Lerner that his job is safe despite crashing out of the Capital One Cup to Bradford and being embroiled in a Premier League relegation battle. Lambert said: "Has Lerner said 'your job is safe?' Yes, just the other day.
"A big call? That's the relationship I have with him. I get on really well with him.
"It's his club and we are trying to do our best for it, get it rebuilt down the certain path we want to go down. He and Paul Faulkner (chief executive) have been really good.
"I think they knew the magnitude of the job that I've got to come into and we have to try to do."
But Lambert added: "I don't want to sit here and feel easy about that (support) and think 'do you know what, we keep getting beat but I'm safe.'
"I don't think 'because the chairman said your job's safe, it doesn't matter about results'. I still feel like c**p.
"I don't go home and think 'that's all right, it's great and switch off.'
"You always used to blame yourself as a footballer for things. As a manager it's tenfold."
However, Lambert has retained the backing of most fans.
He said: "The ones that I've met have been great. Obviously you get ones that write you a letter or two, they give you a bit. That happens.
"You get the odd hate mail and all that sort of thing, but to be fair the ones that you do meet are nice.
"I think the majority see what you are trying to do. You just sense they want this club to do well."