Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Shaun Maloney - Get A Grip Lad

Shaun Maloney - Get A Grip Lad

Well I must admit this headline in the Sunday Mail, 'Maloney - My Villa Hell' doesn't make for good reading today.

It appears the press in Scotland just will not give up on the story and Shaun is only too happy to fan the flames. Fair enough the lad can't help the headlines which are done to attract readers but for goodness sake, grow a pair and get a hold on reality!

Maloney was instrumental in the goal for Scotland yesterday and then told the press:

'All I want is to play regular football and be happy. In the past year my football has stagnated, maybe even gone backwards. Perhaps in the past season, for a variety of reasons, I haven't given it my best shot. It seems a long time ago I was Scotland's Player of the Year. In my final few months at Celtic I was negotiating a new contract and now regret the way I handled those talks. There's no doubt it had a negative effect on my game.'

He added in the Scottish paper that he didn't move just for money, he also thought it would be good to test himself at a 'higher standard' something that is bound to alienate himself even more from the Celtic fans he so offended when he left.

On a more positive note he says, 'I give 100 per cent for Villa and it's disrespectful for me to talk about other clubs or too many other details. I am pretty committed to Villa and just want to get into the team. I was confused about my situation last month (during the transfer window) and didn't know what was going on. Now I can't blame anybody else. I've made my bed and have to lie in it.'

Oh dear, how sad. He has to lie in his bed. FFS, this young man (24, so old enough to be able to grow up and not whinge about being away from home) is on £20 000 and playing at a great club in a great league. My heart bleeds for him.

He says now the transfer window is over he'll have to be at Villa 'for the foreseeable future and have to get on with it.'

And this will really please Martin O'Neill: 'I spoke to the boss about my situation before the transfer window closed and he told me to stay, get my head down and work hard. I also spoke to him during pre-season and told him I hadn't settled as well as I could have. It was maybe unfair the manager had to come out and speak about me being homesick. In many ways I haven't helped myself. I need to find a proper place to live as I'm in a serviced apartment just now. Almost everyone at Villa has been really nice and the fans have been so understanding. I haven't been a success in England and maybe I need to give it a decent amount of time to see if I can change that.'

'It was nice to score the winner against Fulham recently then two goals against Wrexham in the League Cup. But it wasn't enough to get me a game against Chelsea last week. The manager tends to stick with tried and tested players. I need to become one of them. I found myself in a similar position at Celtic a few years ago but it was a bit easier to take as I was younger.'

Grow up lad, get a grip, take your chances and become a Villa hero.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 9 2007
Time: 2:18PM


Kick his arse out now,7-8 mil min and if we dont get offered that he can stay on the bench we didn't need him on Sunday.
09/09/2007 14:35:00
Whinging bast*rd, a few more shots and a few less stepovers and he might become a realistic starter but at the moment he seems like a luxury player, his attitude aint helping, he needs to accept that he is always going to be more effective from the bench, especially in the prem when you need a robust team to see you through the 1st 60 minutes, THEN if you have them on the rack you can bring on another flair player to really stretch it.
09/09/2007 14:36:00
He simply needs to grow up and be more realistic.
09/09/2007 14:37:00
"i am pretty commited to Vill" WHAT! I want 100% commitment. let him go back to Scotland.
09/09/2007 14:43:00
This is not acceptable behavior from a professional we dont need him.
09/09/2007 14:43:00
the idiot doesnt know what he wants......ive got no sympathy for him....keep the faith
09/09/2007 14:47:00
What a shame. Most fans had really taken to him and seen what he was capable of, this really will have done him no favours. He'll be gone in summer, no doubt.
09/09/2007 15:14:00
The summer? That long?!?
09/09/2007 15:27:00
I've seen him talk live after the Liyjuania match on SSN website and I think the lad is a bit thick to be honest. Obviously joined Villa with eyes wide SHUT. Neeeds to get over the shock of not being a first team reg and knuckle the **** down. Come on Shaun, you can do it.
09/09/2007 16:07:00
I think Maloney is potentially a very good player, but is not worth a current 1st XI place, although a definite threat from the bench. I really do want him to stay . You need two quality players in each position, and he is in contention with Ashley Young in my view. Injuries and suspensions willgive him his chance, but he is acting like a spoilt little chid at the moment. I hope he dosn't alienate himself from the fans. If he does go back to the easy life we must demand top money for him, like Albion do. The basis message is GROW UP and GET ON WITH IT.
09/09/2007 16:22:00
Page 1/5
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Login to post a comment


Recent Aston Villa Articles

Another Dagger In The Heart

HH on yet another dagger in the heart of great supporters of a once great club

We Deserved A Point - Garde

Manager Remi Garde has said he felt the performance in the game against Watford today should've returned a point for Aston Villa.

Audio - Garde Pleased With Performance

Manager Remi Garde has said he was pleased with the performance Aston Villa put in during today's three two loss to Watford, but he knows a point should've been taken.

Stats: Aston Villa v Watford

All the stats from Aston Villa (2) vs (3) Watford, Villa Park, 28/11/15 Att: 35,057

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Mike Field
Steve Wade
Turkish Penguin
Chris Heath
M Calucar
JuanPablo Angel

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Traore20%
Sub - Gestede0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 14 9 2 3 29 16
2 Leicester City 14 8 5 1 29 8
3 Man Utd 14 8 4 2 28 10
4 Arsenal 14 8 3 3 27 12
5 Spurs 14 6 7 1 25 13
6 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 23 3
7 Crystal Palace 14 7 1 6 22 5
8 West Ham 14 6 4 4 22 4
9 Everton 14 5 6 3 21 8
10 Southampton 14 5 5 4 20 3
11 Watford 14 5 4 5 19 -1
12 Stoke 14 5 4 5 19 -3
13 WBA 14 5 3 6 18 -5
14 Chelsea 14 4 3 7 15 -6
15 Swansea 14 3 5 6 14 -5
16 Norwich 14 3 4 7 13 -8
17 Sunderland 14 3 3 8 12 -10
18 AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 10 -13
19 Newcastle 14 2 4 8 10 -16
20 Aston Villa 14 1 2 11 5 -15
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race
Latest Vital Boxing News
Last Night in the Words of Tyson Fury
The Vital Football Members League

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Dec 5 2015 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 13 2015 1:30PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 19 2015 5:30PM : Newcastle United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2015 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 28 2015 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 2 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

1.Pride of Lions1121
2.The Fear643
Vital Football Comment