Liverpool’s Rodgers & Aston Villa’s Lambert right to show ambition

Sharethematch.com looks at Brendan Rodgers' decision to join Liverpool, and Aston Villa's appointment of Paul Lambert

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Rodgers and Lambert right to show ambition

It’s refreshing to see both Brendan Rodgers and Paul Lambert seize their opportunities with Liverpool and Aston Villa rather than stay put out of loyalty.

All too often managers feel the need to stick with their clubs when it’s patently evident that they have reached their peak with that team, and both must be credited for showing ambition.

Rodgers’ intelligence shown through at his unveiling at Anfield on Friday, and Liverpool’s future looks bright under the Northern Irishman.

He had impressed with Swansea but a team like that will always be limited unless huge investment comes and it’s a similar situation with Lambert.

Like Rodgers at Swansea, Lambert built a very effective team at Norwich, and while Aston Villa were woeful last season, they have some excellent young players, a bigger stadium, a greater fan base and a bigger budget.

For both of them it was a no-brainer and it’s good to see that sentiment didn’t get in the way.

Vertonghen signing can convince Modric and Bale to stay

Jan Vertonghen has revealed he is just days away from completing a move to Tottenham Hotspur and snubbing interest from their north London rivals Arsenal, despite a lack of Champions League football next season.

It shows maturity and intelligence from the Belgian defender to see the bigger picture and realise if Robin van Persie leaves Arsenal, they will again struggle next season.

On the other hand, Spurs are a team on the up if they can hang on to Luka Modrić and Gareth Bale, and hopefully Vertonghen’s common sense in realising that just one season out of the Champions League is a small price to pay for the long-term success of the club will be infectious.

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