Blast From The Past - Sorensen and A Mirror
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Blast From The Past - Sorensen and A Mirror

Blast From The Past - Sorensen and A Mirror

Thomas Sorensen has tried to clear up some confusion over his comments, but admits MON told him to 'look in the mirror' when it came to his form.

Speaking to Setnata Sports Sorensen revealed that O'Neill launched a 'blistering' attack on his form after we signed Scott Carson on loan, and although he is still looking for a new club believes his time at Villa was soured over a simple misunderstanding when an interview he gave was badly translated.

'I didn't understand that the club took Scott Carson on loan at a time when I was coming back from injury,' he told

'I was contacted by the media in Denmark and I said that I didn't understand what happened.

'That statement was a little distorted when it travelled over the water and it appeared in a way that seemed like I was criticising the manager about his purchase - something which wasn't the case.

'He saw I had commented in a newspaper that I thought I had a good season last year. He said that he was not at all of the same opinion and that it was five or six years since I was, in any way, a good goalkeeper, and that I had to look at myself in the mirror.

'My jaw simply dropped to the table. They were hard words and they came completely out of thin air.'

We all know things can get lost in translation, take a look at the above, it's not exactly direct English in translation BUT how many months has it been since that article aired and this is the first public 'correction' to any misunderstandings? Why wasn't this done the day the article appeared in the English press? Why didn't he immediately correct the mis translation and explain in English, to English journalists exactly what he meant?

As for the form issue, O'Neill is perfectly right. Tommy was dropping clangers, that's not to say overall that Carson was in the grand scheme of things a better replacement, or a better replacement than Taylor might have been. But Sorensen's form was suffering and if his jaw dropped as he explained when those words came out of 'thin air' then what was his reaction in training? We certainly saw the reaction in subsequent press articles and his concern about the National team, but what kind of response did O'Neill see where it mattered.

Probably not the one he hoped for, and that's why Sorensen never played again.

Coming out all these months later, whilst still hoping to find a new club, and trying to clear the air with the managers and fans is simply a wasted excercise if that was the idea. If the idea was simply to get his name in the papers again then it's worked a treat.

But I fail to see how this improves his standing, as effectively it reads, he didn't respond, motivate himself, and react and fight for his place after his dressing down.

I would imagine that does him more damage than people thinking he openly attacked O'Neill?

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday July 8 2008
Time: 3:05PM


I'm glad MON shared my view of the less than great dane. Can't blame MON for Carson being picked for England and having a 'mare. I reckon the wally with the brolly deserves the credit for that. Carson was OK until then, I seem to remember before the England fiasco most people on here talking of him as the next Gordon Bank's!
09/07/2008 21:58:00
England vs Croatia, sorry.(anyway, he played for the croats,right?:))
09/07/2008 09:17:00
Carson was ok until THAT game vs England,imho.
09/07/2008 09:15:00
Nice one, Cheshire Villan. Sorensen should just get used to the fact that his next job will be in a factory back home that produces that super tasty and amazingly unhealthy canned bacon.
09/07/2008 01:39:00
I thought he was treated a bit harshly,he was better than Carson.
08/07/2008 22:14:00
A link to an article about it would be great. Just tried Google but didn't find anything.
Adam Deuce
08/07/2008 21:53:00
Can someone explain to me Sorensen's part in O'Leary's demise? I was out of the country that summer and totally missed what went on with the whole dressing room revolt.
Adam Deuce
08/07/2008 21:52:00
Doesnt surprise me the comments from MON, it is obvious he has as big an ego as any player, and as for Sorensen, he was poo.
08/07/2008 20:24:00
LOL If he was that harsh on sorenson i can only imagine what he said to barry.
08/07/2008 20:22:00
All a matter of opinion I guess Aspinall. Sorensen was prone to errors admittedly, but at least he'd mastered the basics of goalkeeping.
08/07/2008 20:15:00
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