Premier League - Lambert not after better deal

Paul Lambert has dismissed talk of him being rewarded with an improved contract after keeping Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League following a tough but progressive first season in charge.

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Premier League - Lambert happy with approach despite defeat

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Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager

The Scot arrived at Villa Park last summer charged with overhauling the team and implementing a long-term strategy to build for the future.

That meant buying bargains from the lower leagues and developing homegrown talent and did lead to his inexperienced side struggling for much of the campaign.

However, the mood around the club is extremely upbeat with most of the squad boosting their reputations despite their battle against the drop.

Lambert has promised improved deals for a number of his emerging stars - but sees no reason why he himself should be rewarded with an extended or improved contract by owner Randy Lerner.

"It's not a small project," he said. "It's not a conversation I have had with Randy. I have great respect for him.

"I signed three years here, so I've got two more to go. But it's not about me. This football club is more important than anyone. My job is to keep building it.

"It's been a really hard year. We deserve incredible credit for what we have done. This football club has a magnificent history but you have to keep evolving as time goes on."

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