Lambert bans phones, laptops from Aston Villa

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has banned his players from using laptops and mobile phones at the club.

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A number of footballers have got themselves into trouble for using social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter and Villa's recently installed new boss is keen to ensure that the Midlands club avoid such pitfalls.

"If you are a professional footballer, then it’s not your hobby, it’s your job. I think it’s important. You are at the training ground to work," he said.

"If you train the way you play, then I don’t have a problem with it. But iPhones and iPads are a distraction. I’m here to win football matches, not to play on a phone or computer."

Lambert has set his sights on reviving Villa after two years of underachievement - and proving wrong the predictions of Robbie Savage.

Villa failed to build on the success of three top-six finishes in the Premier League under Martin O'Neill and last season only avoided relegation by two points. It was a campaign of negativity with former Birmingham boss Alex McLeish failing to win over fans with his brand of cautious football.

Former Welsh international Savage, now a BBC pundit, has claimed that Villa will be relegated, but Lambert said: "I don't put targets on anybody - the team or myself. But we have to lift the feeling of what's happened here before. That's what we have to try and do."

He went on: "Last year I could see, from the outside looking in, things were not going according to plan.

"I've got to change certain things here that I think need changing. It's not been a great two years and I've got to try and do it my way.

"What changes? Just things in my own head that I've got to get across to them. Everything, the whole thing.

"I certainly think since the 'gaffer' (O'Neill) left the club has had a hard time. I certainly think that.

"But it's still a fabulous club with a great tradition that we have to try and live up to here. It's got a fantastic fanbase. The facilities are brilliant.

"We've just go to try and rectify what's happened."

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