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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?

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


Absolutely Classic MON!!! Barry is gonna get it next..I bet MON is brewing up like a volcano waiting to erupt ...give it to him!
08/07/2008 15:42:00
"My jaw simply dropped to the table." Couldn't catch that either eh Tommy?
Cheshire Villan
08/07/2008 16:57:00
It would have been classic MON and 100% spot on, had he not replaced Tommy S with a complete clown, and stuck with him for the entire season!
08/07/2008 17:51:00
Give Tommy his due - he played a blinder behind the scenes in the days leading up to O'Dreary's dismissal!
08/07/2008 18:03:00
Agreed murph. Sometimes I think we (MON) cut off our nose to spite our face. Carson was a disaster, one of the poorest keepers I've seen at Villa Park in my 46 years of being a regular. Cant believe that Sorensen, for all his perceived faults, wouldn't have been a better option than Carson. Oh well, its all water under the bridge now I guess.
08/07/2008 18:05:00
Agree with that comment 100% pongogidman. His role in that drama should never be under-estimated, or forgotten.
08/07/2008 18:07:00
I think Sorensen made many more cock-ups per season than we seen from Carson,well done MON comments like that make me believe big time.
08/07/2008 18:59:00
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
LOL If he was that harsh on sorenson i can only imagine what he said to barry.
08/07/2008 20:22:00
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
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