The Aston Villa manager remained accountable for the philosophy of a team built around young players which can get Villa away from trouble.
Lambert: “I made the decision, the club needed to be rebuilt in some way, it’s a decision I made and it’s one I go with. It’s not stubborn I just know the remit of the of job. I’ve got to do what I believe is right.
“I’ve got to rebuild, that’s what’s got to happen, I’ve got to strip it back. I don’t know exactly what the outlay is since Randy’s been here, putting all that money into the club.
“But you can’t spend something if it’s not there.
“I read these things the other day about Newcastle bringing players in because the market in Britain is too high. But you still have to pay whatever it is in terms of salaries and signing-on fees etc.
“The difference is Newcastle can go and buy, and we can’t do it and that’s fine. You have to go with it. I’m the one stripping it right back so I can see it.
“We can’t see long term gain only short term pain.
“They have to prepared to be cut by an elbow, hurt by a clash of heads or something.
“We’re in a fight. That’s one thing I know, we are in an absolute fight and we’re going to have to fight like hell for this, that’s for sure.
"I’m not going to come out and say the chairman must do x,y and z. I am not going to do it.
"I speak to him privately which I always do, I had a good chat with him when I was over there. I understand what he wants. It’s not right for me to say. after everything he has done for the club.
“Alan Pardew has brought a few in from France. You’ve just got to hope that will hurt them a bit in that no-one knows each other at the moment."