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Villa Wanted Experience Says Carson

Villa Wanted Experience Says Carson

Scott Carson has explained the reason why his expected transfer to Villa wasn't made permanent.

Speaking to the press Carson explained that Martin O'Neill had spoken to him and said that he really wanted a goalkeeper in who had more experience and that effectively it would mean he would be a number 2 goalkeeper, and after the season he had, especially the England cock ups, Carson wanted first team football to get and keep his career on track.

What I will say from the quotes is Carson doesn't sound particularly bitter here, and talks about the event fairly to be honest.

'Villa had an option to buy me but Martin O'Neill said he was a bit unsure, that he wanted to look for a more experienced keeper.

'I think he has done that by with his move for Brad Friedel which is fair enough.

'But for someone like myself who is 22, I needed someone to say 'you've got my confidence, you've got my backing' and, having spoken to the manager at West Brom (Tony Mowbray), he gave me a lot of confidence and hopefully I can repay him.'

The lure of first team football certainly had it's impact here, dare I say any pre arranged signing fee would certainly have been more than the £3.5 million Albion paid for him.

'I really enjoyed my time at Villa but, like I said, they wanted a more experienced keeper and went down that route.

'O'Neill said he was still interested but I couldn't go somewhere maybe just to be second choice. I'd have been better off staying at Liverpool in those circumstances.'

Carson wants to regain his England spot, and he's hoping the experience he gained whilst at Villa can aide him in that battle whilst he's with the Albion.

'I think I am good enough to get back into that England squad. Hopefully I can get a bit of consistency going again and I'll be looking to get back in.

'I was left out of the end of season squads but I don't think I had the best couple of games with Villa before the squad was announced so that was fair enough. I took it on the chin and it just made me want to get back into the squad. It's great to be at a club permanently and this is a big chance to show what I can do.'

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday July 26 2008
Time: 8:04PM


carson your a crock of *****, get over it . championship football after this season is your level.... one day you'll be thinking I could of been villa's number two, while playing for luton town.. good riddance
26/07/2008 20:41:00
I don't often react adversely to other Villa fan's posts, kv, and you're absolutely entitled to your opinion, but I really think your comment is completely over the top and unnecessary. Carson was doing a good job for us before a lunatic England manager threw him to the wolves behind a team that was riding for a fall. That, coupled with the predictable reaction from our wonderful press (thanks lads) wiped out his confidence, without which no goalkeeper can play. I hope he eventually goes on to prove you wrong (but not against the Villa ...)
26/07/2008 20:51:00
Agree with BTB a bit excessive mate. Mind you I am very glad we didn't spend 10 mill on a player who's gone to west brom for a little over his realistic value. I hope he goes on to do well for them, but has another nightmare against us.
26/07/2008 23:11:00
I wish the lad well, cos he's not a bad keeper at all, but MON was right not to pay over the odds for him. We now have two keepers for the price the Baggies will pay Rafa the bandit for Carson, one with experience and one for the future. Its time for Liverpool to get real with their valuations of players, and get over the fact they'll NEVER afford Barry.
26/07/2008 23:29:00
He was one of the most over rated keepers , dunno how he did it, think it was Liverpool's valuation of him, I really do think he is a bad keeper, a lot of other people on the forums agree with me, obviously people are etitled to their opinions, but your wrong ;-)
27/07/2008 10:25:00
Harsh, Kris, but possibly accurate. Rafa looks even more of a chump, valuing Carson at £10m and offloading him for £3.5m. If not Barry, can they afford Keane?
27/07/2008 10:33:00
i hope they buy Keane cos barry is goin no where, and Xabi Alonso wants to stay at liverpool, but they are trying to offload him to Fenebache, I think Alonso is a better player than barry, I think Rafa the faffer has lost the plot a bit
27/07/2008 10:45:00
Sorry, but he was one of the poorest keepers I've ever seen wearing the Villa jersey in all my years supporting the club. I wish him well in his future career, even at The Hawthorns, but on the evidence of what we witnessed last season, even at 3m/4m whatever, the Albion have been ripped off. I put him on a par with Evan Williams and John Phillips. They were poor, but he ran them close.
27/07/2008 12:42:00
The only experience Carson has is picking the ball out of the back of the net. He is toilet and after seeing Taylor play so well yesterday I think that its a shame that we loaned him atall.
27/07/2008 13:25:00
I agree that the season was a nightmare for him, kv, but Rafa's ridiculous valuation of him meant he took a huge amount of unnecessary flak. That valuation wasnt down to him. If LFC and our gutter press hadn't talked him up so much nobody would have expected what they did of him at 22 - which is very young for a keeper. I'm glad we didn't buy him - 10 million was ludicrous - but he's moved on so why do we need to dump on him?
27/07/2008 17:53:00
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