Lambert is determined to stamp down his authority and this week fined young
midfielder Samir Carruthers £500 for making a call while at
And Lambert, who established a similarly hardline reputation at former club Norwich, insists he will keep handing out fines if players fail to adhere to his strict code of conduct.
He said: “If I was to go to anybody else’s work or business and start messing around then I’m pretty sure people wouldn’t accept me messing around.
“These are the rules and I won’t bend them for anyone. Have other players been fined? I won’t go short of bread, let’s put it that way.”
Lambert secured his first league victory since taking charge last weekend and
takes Villa to
But Lambert has urged Southampton to be patient after enduring an equally difficult run last season at Norwich, failing to win until his fifth game.
He said: “I tried not to let the pressure get to me because I’m kind of used to it, so I just got my head down and worked through it and I’m pretty sure Nigel will do the same.
“You can’t influence what other people [chairmen] are going to do or what they’re going to say. I think it’s always been proven if you give people time then they will get it right. If you make a knee-jerk reaction then you’re back to square one again. Nigel has earned the right for what he’s done over the last few years.”