Paul Lambert bans mobiles and laptops at Villa Park

Paul Lambert has banned mobile phones and laptops in the dressing room on match days and also at training.

The Scot is attempting to improve discipline at Villa, as he looks to reinvigorate the Midlands club after a miserable season, and opening day defeat this year.

The Daily Telegraph witnessed Lambert’s disciplinarian philosophy at a fans forum this week, “If you are a professional footballer, then it’s not a hobby it’s your job.” The 43 year old said.

“You are at the training ground to work. 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 play on a computer.”

Another innovation courtesy of the ex-Norwich manager is that the dugouts have been swapped at Villa Park. Lambert is hoping moving the home dugout closer to the Holte End stand, will further motivate the Villa.

Villa host Everton this weekend and Lambert will be hoping on an instant improvement from last term’s home form, where the Birmingham club won only four league matches.