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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.

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


He comes across as relatively shy individual, and that part of his make-up will no doubt make it difficult for him to settle in, integrate, and make new friends.
29/09/2007 16:58:00
I can't help but notice the negative KNOB SQUAD are jumping up and down with glee over this meaningless drival from a wee Scots ******** who doesn't know when he has it good.
11/09/2007 08:55:00
dont forget he didnt write the headline - my villa hell, some ***** stiring journo did.
11/09/2007 08:53:00
maloney needs to pull his finger out and stop being quoted in press north and south of the border. he is just going to alienate himself from the villa fans like he did the celtic fans - and it would be a shame because he is a good player. has anyone got a sister we could set him up with to get him settled down here????
11/09/2007 08:51:00
the celtic fans do not want him back we see him as a judas who betrayed us after we kept him on the books through countless injuries he *****in shamed himself when he left just to go to his uncle martinno offence to o'neil but it was strachan who gave him his first real run in the team
11/09/2007 01:13:00
Loan him out to Wycombe - just an idea. See the KNOB SQUAD cheer leader is making his insightful comments. Just quietly, I think AVFC48 is in fact Martin O'Neill.
10/09/2007 23:08:00
Shaun Maloney reminds me in a lot of ways of Chelsea's Joe Cole, both appearance-wise, and more importantly the way he plays. It will be sad to lose him back to Scottish football with so much of his undoubted potential unfulfilled, but its pretty obvious now that MON cant allow this 'want away' whining to continue on a week to week basis.
10/09/2007 21:00:00
If he wants away then let him return to a league where two teams fight year in year out for a meaningless title.
10/09/2007 19:21:00
Young didn't play against the mighty Wrexham 48, but I'm sure he'd have slotted one in somewhere had he played. Moore was very unlucky not to score against Chelsea last week and is looking sharper already. So to compare who's scored when and where so early into the season is just plain stupid. Maloney is a selfish player, Young and Moore aren't, they do this little trick called 'assist'......Maloney seems to be a whinging t**t, like some other people I've come across lately....
10/09/2007 17:40:00
Good point. Well made tylergolf. And I think that is perfectly reasonable argument about goals scored as well 48. So as Cameron Jerome at the Dildo Salesmen is the top scoring English striker in the Premier League at the moment with 2 goals, I believe you are starting the campaign to get him a late call up for the Russia game? Your logic as always has bigger holes than my wifes chuff ... and that is a big as a hippos yawn.
10/09/2007 17:25:00
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