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Revolting Players At Villa?

Revolting Players At Villa?

Teething troubles at Villa? A manager unable to bring in his own players and having to deal with another managers squad? Sounds like we`ve got it all at Villa at the moment and I must admit, when it comes to these stories, unless I hear concrete reasons as to the players behaviour, I have very little patience for the modern player power and their fat wallets and silly strops!

The Mirror are reporting what a lot have been whispering at Villa that there are a few bust ups going on.

Their report says that Richard Dunne had a four letter training ground row with Gerard Houllier and Gary McAllister on Friday.

Well, he won`t be the first manager to have this, remember Nigel Hokey-Cokey and Martin O`Neill for instance? But I reckon there will be only one winner, the manager.

I have ranted a few times in the forums, I know, I know, difficult to believe someone as quiet and un opinionated (which I know isn`t even a proper word) as me having a rant but.... that the players should show some professional pride instead of hiding behind a regime change or a manager they don`t like. 90 mins of football can`t be that taxing for them when you consider the adoration they get from fans not to mention their pay packets can it?!

Anyway, this report says that Dunne told Houllier his training is a 'joke` and his tactics 'desperate`... if true, that from the man who only knows one way to clear a ball... hoof. It suited the previous tactics but if Houllier wants to play from the back, that will surely confuse Dunne anyway!?

On top of that, there are claims that Stephen Ireland and Habib Beye both left before the game having had a strop. NOW THIS MIGHT NOT BE TRUE... however it has been said enough throughout the game yesterday and Ireland was seen leaving before the game that it is surely a case of 'no smoke without fire?`. I do want to stress that there has been absolutely no official notification of this and it might well be they had a bug or whatever and were allowed to leave.

Good old thread in our forum, please not over 18 content and language in there.... >> Click Here <<

The report ends claiming the senior players back Dunne. Not sure all of them do to be honest, if they do, fine, they will be moved out and new players willing to play for this fantastic club will be brought in to play alongside those fantastic youth players we have coming in. I would also say that Downing and Ashley Young both played with plenty of professional pride yesterday and I`m sure Ash prefers the thought of a good passing game rather than the longer ball tactics?

Apparently the players all had a meeting on Wednesday to talk things over. Good to hear, whether it is true that Houllier wasn`t told about it or not, the players should be talking things through and pulling their weight in the troubled times.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday December 12 2010
Time: 4:53PM


Richard Dunne is useless so I dont mind who he argus on. As for Stephen Ireland, No loan just for sale!
12/12/2010 17:00:00
Yes we have quite a few revolting players, ugly bunch!
12/12/2010 17:14:00
Can I just go ahead and say that all these players being accused of "bust-ups" are probably making this team, trying to play a new style, much worse. It's harsh to accuse Dunne of single handedly costing us anywhere from 4-10 points this season but there is a fair argument for that case. Isn't it also true that Ireland has still NEVER been a part of winning Villa side? At what point does that stop being an odd coincidence and a telling attribute of how inefficient our system is when Ireland is one of the two players up top. Habib Beye...well I just learned that he still plays for us. OK, obviously kidding but if anyone wants to make a case for why Beye is better than Lichaj or Young I'd love to hear it. If Houllier could move those three in particular and get two useful players back is there anyone who wouldn't be OK with that prospect. Wouldn't Dunne possibly command a decent fee as he has shown at Villa that he can really perform in the right circumstances...a ton of premier league teams play the way he wants to play. Just turns our that Houllier isn't one of them.
12/12/2010 17:50:00
Re-Read the article, here's my theory... Suddenly, the regime changes and an entirely and drastically new system of training is implemented. Dunne hates it, thinks its a joke, and has no problem spouting off about it. Seems to me that perhaps this new training is focused on passing and conditioning and movement and tactical approaches to whatever team we are to play...and Dunne is not used to that and finds it ridiculous. After watching Houllier's system (which I for one prefer to MON's, regardless of the recent results) and hearing about Dunne's reaction...I almost think this is a ringing endorsement of how much more effective training has become under the new boss. I'm no expert and I dont claim to be but it sounds like the team is finally training in a way that is more beneficial to the players we should be utilizing. Young, Downing, Heskey, & The Youngsters
12/12/2010 17:58:00
Agree with your article Fear.Alot of players were mouthing off about the MoN reign also,seems to be a pattern.I think MoN took most of these players as far as they could go,Im sure the training was always good but our performances over the years would suggest we need higher standards within the club.If a defender has not got the ability to play a simple pass or keeps getting injured because of a more intensive conditioning program maybe he is not a top quality player.When Wenger took over at Arsenal he banned Ketchup and they thought he was mental.
12/12/2010 18:17:00
On top of that let's not forget that Friedel, Warnock and Carew have all been snubbed by GH at other clubs so I doubt they're too smitten with him either.. As for Dunne, he certainly deserved to be dropped, plus I tend to think that in a CB partnership at least one has to be a good passer of the ball, and on that basis Collins/Dunne has never fully washed with me
12/12/2010 20:34:00
Thing is Warnock has been a mainstay under Houllier and in my opinion has played great football under him. I think we have a great team and i cant believe people talk about us getting relegated. The only difference from last year is Milner and form. They young guns have got even better than before! I think we still have a bright future, we just need to dig in. If the revolting players is true then they need to move on. Whether u like him or not, Houllier is the boss!
12/12/2010 21:00:00
I reckon your papers make mountains out of mould hills.
12/12/2010 21:16:00
BTW I think the mirror is rubbish anyway.
12/12/2010 21:24:00
Dunne needs to pipe down and get on the teadmill
12/12/2010 22:46:00
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