December 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, January 3, 2014
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes the majority of top-flight managers would rather do without the distraction of the FA Cup.
The former Norwich City manager will take his side into tomorrow’s third round tie against League One Sheffield United with a brutally honest message with regard to his side’s priorities.
Asked whether most of his fellow managers would prefer to avoid the prestigious competition completely, Lambert said: “If they were being honest, they probably would do.”
Lambert added: “Not just because of the money but survival in the league is vital.
“It is realistic. That is the nature of it. If anyone says any differently then I am not so sure they will be telling the truth because the Premier League is the most vital thing that anyone wants to get into and we are no different.”
Lambert is adamant his main priority is to lift VIlla away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, having moved six points clear with Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Sunderland.
But he insisted his list of priorities did not mean he would not be going into the clash against the Blades eager to book a place in the next round.
Lambert added: “Cup competitions, if you can get through, then absolutely I want to get through. I don’t want to not get through but your main one is the league. We don’t have a massive squad and points are really important. If you are honest enough people will say the same.”
With the Canaries hosting Fulham at Carrow Road in the FA Cup tomorrow, in a repeat of a Premier League match from just nine days earlier, which the Cottagers won 2-1, do you agree that Chris Hughton’s side could do without the distraction?
Or is the pull of the world’s most famous cup competition still an exciting prospect?
Cast your vote in the poll above and leave your comments below, including your favourite memory of Norwich City in FA Cup action.