Villa boss Lambert rings up profit as stars flout phone ban
10:24 GMT, 22 September 2012
Paul Lambert's hard-line approach at Aston Villa is reaping cash rewards after several players ignored his ban on mobile phones.
The Scot has clamped down on the use of personal computers and phones at his Bodymoor Heath training base.
But it seems that some members of Villa's first team have not taken the rule seriously.
Hit in the pocket: Carruthers was fined for making a phone call
Samir Carruthers, who scored against Liverpool on his debut at Anfield last season, used Twitter to reveal he had been hit in the pocket.
Brandishing a fistful of notes, the 19-year-old playmaker wrote: '500 fine for a phone call. #paul lambert has me on toast #wallet heavy until tomorrow.'
No nonsense: Lambert has taken a hard-line approach
When quizzed, Lambert said: 'Yes, that's right, he's been fined. No, I didn't text him to inform him he was getting it. But those are the rules and I'm not going to bend them for anyone.'
Asked if other players had erred, he joked: 'Let's put it like this, I won't go short of bread. So if you guys want a lunch – or five – with me that will be fine.'
Lambert heads to Southampton this afternoon on the back of Villa's encouraging 2-0 win over Swansea.
Like under-pressure home boss Nigel Adkins, the Scot managed back-to-back promotions with Norwich. City did not manage a victory in their first four matches last season and Lambert has a warning for the St Mary's decision-makers.
'I think it has been proven that if you give good people time, they will get it right. But if you make a knee-jerk reaction, then you will be back at square one again,' he said.
'I know where he is at. I got my head down and worked through it and I'm sure Nigel will do the same.'