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Tuesday 19 June 2012

Lambert: Fans key to Villa success

New manager says he is excited by prospect of 2012/13 campaign

Paul Lambert enjoyed a successful first Barclays Premier League season with Norwich City

New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says the club's fans are the key to success in the new Barclays Premier League season.

The Scot said he was relishing the prospect of the 2012/13 campaign, which Villa now know begins at newly promoted West Ham United after the fixtures were released on Monday.

And Lambert told Villa's website that the club would need every supporter to get behind the team.

"The most important people at any football club are the people that come and watch"
- Paul Lambert

"There will be times when it will be hard and all that stuff, but stay with it and hopefully we'll give you some really good times. We'll do everything we can to try to make that happen," he said.

"I knew before I came here that the fanbase was massive. I'm certainly going to need the crowd, I think that's vital to us and if we can get the stadium rocking it will be a really good place.

"There's a great history and tradition behind the club.

"The most important people at any football club are the people that come and watch it and the players. If I can get those two going off each other then hopefully we can have a right good season."

Lambert admitted that the release of the fixtures had made the new season feel very real - and said he was very excited by the prospect.


"It's something I'm really looking forward to. It's a massive challenge, but we'll give it a right good go," he said.

"I'm excited by it, I really am, I can't wait to get going. I'm looking forward to the team coming back.

"It's new to me, it might take a few weeks to find our feet, but we'll be ready for it.

"It's vital we play the right way, but I don't want to play the right way and get beat every single week."

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Key Points

  • New Villa boss Paul Lambert says fans are key to club's success
  • Scot says he is excited by the prospect of new Barclays Premier League season
  • Villa kick off 2012/13 campaign at newly-promoted West Ham United