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Lambert looks to Villa future

Paul Lambert insists he wants to stay on at Aston Villa and is targeting summer signings to fire the club up the Premier League.

Villa have struggled under the former Norwich boss, finishing 15th in his first season in charge last term, and are now sitting in 14th in the table, just four points above the drop zone, although with a game in hand over 18th-placed Fulham.

Lambert admits he did not envisage such a struggle when he took on the job and he is looking to make some signings to improve the situation going forward.

"I never came here for it to be like this. If you get this club right then you have an incredible fanbase to drive it a long, long way," he said, quoted in the Daily Mail.

"I'll speak with (owner) Randy (Lerner) and (chief executive) Paul (Faulkner) when the season is done and dusted and we see where we go.

"There are players there that I've had my eye on but they probably cost a little bit of money.

"Everybody knows in this division you've got to spend to get yourself up there.

"Off the pitch, the finances are a lot healthier. That's progress in itself but things haven't progressed the way I've wanted. The club can't keep doing this."

Intention

Lambert added that he plans to stay at the club and see better times, saying: "My whole intention is to be here next year and the year after that, but everyone knows what football is like.

"I love it here. I never came here for the club to be where it is. This club should never be in the position it has been for the past four years."

Assistant Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa were suspended earlier this week and asked if this was one of the worst weeks of his footballing life, Lambert replied: "I've had a few.

"I don't want another season like this but regrets? God almighty no.

"It's been eventful, that's for sure but this is a great club - fantastic.

"I'm never one for self-doubts. We have to beat Southampton (at home on Saturday) and I think the lads will be ready."