Lambert confident of new deal

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is not expecting any hitches when it comes to discussions over a new contract with the club's owner Randy Lerner.

Former Norwich City boss Lambert is midway through a three-year deal at Villa Park and tentative talks have already started over an extension.

"I speak to Randy a lot, and things like that (a new contract) will take care of itself," said Lambert.

"I've another year after this anyway. I never look too far ahead.

"But I'm sure the discussions between me and the chairman will be the same as they've always been. They'll be pleasant, with no problems either way whatsoever."

Lambert, whose side are currently 10th in the Premier League table, also enjoys a healthy relationship with chief executive Paul Faulkner.

"They (Lerner and Faulkner) see the vision and what's happened," added the Scot.

"They see the work that has been going on behind the scenes, to have that vision of what you want to do.

"If you have that vision, you need people seeing it and backing it, and Randy has been fantastic with that.

"He knows what's happened, and he knows the way we want to go, and as I said, he's backed it and been excellent."

Meanwhile, Lambert has confirmed striker Gabriel Agbonlahor should return for Saturday's home clash with West Ham United after sustaining a foot injury in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool on January 18.