Lambert waiting for answer

Paul Lambert believes he has improved as a manager in his two years with Aston Villa even though he still has no idea if he will be with the club next season.

Speculation surrounds the Scotsman's future, as well as that of Villa owner Randy Lerner, but he has described keeping the club in the Premier League this season as his greatest managerial achievement.

Last week's win over Hull City was enough to secure their place in the top division but, with so many doubts about his and Lerner's future, he spent lengthy periods of his press conference before Sunday's trip to Tottenham repeating the answer 'I don't know' when asked about the subject.

But whatever Lerner decides, Lambert feels his reputation has been enhanced since he arrived at Villa Park.

He said: "Number one, I fully intend to be here next season.

"Number two, my directive was to keep the team in the Premier League.

"Number three, it's been the hardest season ever but it's never plain sailing in football management and that's why I say it's the greatest thing I've achieved.

"I won promotions at Norwich from League One to the Premier League but I still class this as the best thing I've done.

"I don't know what the statement from the chairman is going to say.

"I don't know when it's coming out. I know as much as you do at the minute. But I'll respect whatever Randy's got to say. I don't have one problem.

"My job is to keep this club up and protect everybody else and that's what I've done. I don't know when it's going to come out or what's going to be said. I'll just see what happens."