David Ginola talks Aston Villa and French football on Goals on Sunday sofa

Last Updated: 02/12/12 3:01pm

David Ginola told Goals on Sunday that Aston Villa can move forward if they keep faith with Paul Lambert.

Lambert took charge at Villa Park over the summer after a highly successful stint at Norwich, but the Scot's new charges are hovering just above the relegation zone this term having won just three of their first 15 games.

However, former Villa winger Ginola believes the Claret and Blues can climb the table if Lambert is given time to stamp his authority on the club, something the Midlanders' previous two managers, Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish, were unable to do during their season-long spells at the helm.

"Aston Villa is a huge club and they should be doing a lot better so the fans are frustrated and have been for many years now," said the Frenchman, who joined Villa from Tottenham in 2000.

"But the manager is doing a good job and it looks like they are going to have him for the next two or three years, something that is important if you want to get results.


"Players need to work with the same manager week in, week out so that they understand the message, as if you change managers every year, the players won't understand and they might have to work with different languages and theories."

Ginola was restricted to just 32 league appearances during his near two-year stay at Villa and revealed that he didn't always see eye-to-eye with then manager John Gregory.

"When you reach your mid-30s you need to count on the manager to understand you as you are not the same kind of person as you were when you were 25," said Ginola.

"When I played for Villa I wasn't able to play my best and it was frustrating for me, so I want to say sorry to the fans."

David Ginola

"I wanted him to understand my stature and know that I didn't want to run on a Tuesday morning like I did when I was 20 and that I needed to rest sometimes to give my best on the Saturday, which is what I was bought for.

"When I played for Villa I wasn't able to play my best and it was frustrating for me, so I want to say sorry to the Villa fans because I wanted to give so much more than I did."


Ginola won the French league title in 1994 whilst at Paris-Saint Germain, a club now bankrolled by hugely wealthy Qataris.

The men from the French capital are currently sitting third in Ligue 1 but Ginola says the pressure is on them to take top spot, while the ex-winger also explained why Joey Barton is probably enjoying his loan period at Marseille.

"Most people expected Paris Saint-Germain to be at the top and dominate considering the players they have got, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but smaller teams are coming in and knocking on the door," said Ginola.

"I thought Paris would struggle this year because for teams like Nice and Bastia playing PSG is their game of the season - but if PSG don't finish first there will be a problem."

Ginola concluded: "Marseille is probably the club where you can find the same kind of passion from the supporters that you get in England - though it is sometimes too much and they go a bit over the top with their reactions when the team is struggling."

Hit the video above for Ginola's take on Barton's attempt at a French accent.