Football: Most top-tier clubs could do without FA Cup, says Villa boss Lambert
(REUTERS) - The majority of English Premier League football clubs would prefer not to have the distraction of playing in the FA Cup, according to Paul Lambert, the manager of seven-time winners Aston Villa.
Speaking to the BBC before Villa's third-round tie at home to Sheffield United on Saturday, he was asked whether the FA Cup was something the top-flight clubs could do without.
"I think if you asked the majority of them, if they were being honest, they probably would do," he said. "Not just because of the money but survival in the league is vital.
"It is realistic. That is the nature of it. If anyone says any differently then I am not so sure they will be telling the truth because the Premier League is the most vital thing that anyone wants to get into and we are no different."