Aston Villa are part of an elite group of seven clubs, who have played in every Premier League season since its inception.
However since Martin O'Neill left at the start of 2010/2011 have they actually competed? They have finished 9th / 16th and last season 15th, and again this season looks like another non-descript effort.
There seems to be a general feeling of apathy at Villa Park, in the management of the club from Paul Lambert to the attendances and atmosphere on match days.
Looking at Lambert's tactics at the club, he appears to have a set formation which involves quick incisive counter attacking which blatantly does not work for home fixtures when the emphasis is on them to attack sides at their level and below. Why does he not change these, or is he content that the club will always be safe from relegation under his stewardship.
Away from home these tactics are fine, and occasionally they will pick up an unexpected results which will turn the footballing world's head, and think that Lambert isn't a bad manager, but is that good enough for a team which has the potential to get crowds of over 40,000 and is a previous European Cup winner.
They managed to hold onto Christian Benteke in the summer, and should have really pressed on this season to satisfy their leading scorers ambitions, but again the club have stagnated.
What is Lambert's remit from the owner Randy Lerner, is it just good enough to stay in the Premier League, surely Villa fans want more from their side.
If you compare them to Everton another side who have been in every Premier League season, this season Everton have changed their attitude, their footballing philosophy under Roberto Martinez. Maybe another change is what is required at Villa Park?
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