Villa boss Lambert can't believe Sunderland dumped O'Neill

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert feels Sunderland gaffed getting rid of former manager Martin O'Neill.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert feels Sunderland gaffed getting rid of former manager Martin O'Neill.

Lambert is a confirmed disciple of the Ireland manager and had little hesitation naming his former Celtic mentor as being on a par with two-time European Cup winner Ottmar Hitzfeld.

"Martin O’Neill was a great manager," said Villa’s boss, "I know him pretty well and I loved my five years with him. I got my fair share of rollickings off him. But you’re a man playing a man’s game — you take it.

"He’s one of the best managers I’ve worked with. I still call him 'gaffer'.

"But then I do that with most of the managers I played under. I still say it to Ottmar Hitzfeld. The only difference is that I call him: 'Mr Hitzfeld'.

"He has to be up there. To win two European Cups with two different clubs, Mr Hitzfeld is up there. Has to be.

"But so is Martin. I still keep in contact with them. They might be totally different but they are both fantastic at their jobs."

 
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