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.