RIGHT. Just who is lying to who here? (Or is it to whom?!).
David O'Leary said at the weekend that Gary Cahill wasn't going to be able to make his Premiership bow against Portsmouth because he wasn't 'match fit' despite reports earlier saying he was going to make his debut due to our defensive crisis.
However reports in the Birmingham Mail today say something quite different. In fact it implies that the centre back was given an ultimatum by David O'Leary to sign a new contract or be withdrawn from the squad. Cahill apparently refused to be blackmailed and hence wasn't played.
The quicker the club issue a statement on this matter the better, because IF O'Leary has lied about this, on top of the constant moaning about the board, the players, the fans and everyone else apart from himself, it really is time for him to be run out of Villa Park with his tail between his legs.
According to the report Cahill has 16 months left on his current deal but is looking for improved terms. O'Leary said Cahill was 'not match fit' for the Portsmouth match after a week earlier suggesting he would play.
Over to the club to clear this up.
Manager Tim Sherwood has spoken of his disappointment - and shouldered the blame - for today's one nil loss to Stoke City.
All the stats from Aston Villa (0) vs (1) Stoke, Villa Park, 3/10/15 Att: 33,189
Statistics, damn lies and Aston Villa..
Bit of a mix and match today from manager Tim Sherwood's pre Stoke press conference.
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