Paul Lambert's long-term future as Aston Villa manager is assured despite their shock Capital One Cup semi-final exit against Bradford, Press Association Sport understands.
Lambert retains the faith of Villa owner Randy Lerner even though the midlands club are also involved in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle.
It is believed Lambert would still stay in charge even if Villa drop down to the Championship with Lerner believing he would be the right man to take them back up after his double promotion exploits at Norwich.
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