Randy Lerner has given Paul Lambert his backing, but the outgoing owner isn't the one he needs to convince...
"Lambert has subsequently bolted in to 1.4740/85 to start 2014/15 as manager having once been available at 7.0."
Paul Lambert remains in charge of Aston Villa following meetings in New York with owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Paul Faulkner, and has subsequently bolted in to 1.4740/85 to start 2014/15 as manager having once been available at 7.0.
However, the perceived vote of confidence placed in him by the current ownership by no means guarantees that he will still be at Villa Park in three months time, as Lerner has every intention of finding someone to buy him out before then.
Realistically, it was never likely that Lerner would decide whether Lambert stays on - at least not at this stage - because it would mean the American footing the bill for any dismissal despite planning to sell up before August, and could also mean hiring a new boss that his successor has no interest in.
A vocal section of the Villa support have made it known that they want a change in the dugout as well as the boardroom this summer, even though they were chanting for his appointment while he was still at Norwich.
There were reports as far back as mid-April suggesting that a billionaire-fronted American consortium were preparing a bid.
Those links have quietened considerably since, with Lambert claiming to have heard from Lerner that there is no takeover imminent, and the longer the process drags on, the greater the chances are that the former Canaries manager begins a third season with the stagnant midlanders.
If the club is purchased by a businessman or group willing to invest then it would be logical to consider a change of tactician to appeal to lapsed fans and make a clean break from the miserable few years overseen by the present regime.
There are attractive options on the market. West Ham's apparent call to stick with Sam Allardyce means that Villa would have a clear run at David Moyes at 5.79/2, while USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann at 7.413/2 and Eddie Howe at 16.5 are intriguing outsiders.