5 Things Paul Lambert Must Do to Keep Aston Villa in the Premier League

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5 Things Paul Lambert Must Do to Keep Aston Villa in the Premier League
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Aston Villa have not been relegated from the top flight of English football for 26 years. It has only ever happened to them five times in their long and illustrious history.

The last time it happened, in May 1987, they finished the season rock bottom, 10 points from safety.

It was their first relegation for 17 years and, astonishingly, came only five years after winning the European Cup.

Wind the clock on a quarter of a century and Villa are staring into the abyss once again. Villa have nine games to save themselves from dropping into the Championship and foregoing on their slice of the new multi-billion pound TV deal, conservatively estimated to be worth around £60 million per club.

It has been a real mess at Villa Park ever since Martin O'Neill walked out on the eve of the 2010/11 season.

Paul Lambert is the fourth manager since then to sit in the dugout and, in his first season, must head off the crisis.

His side are three points clear of the bottom three, but what must he do over the remainder of the season to make sure Villa survive?

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