Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday March 20 2012
Cars, disgusted, misquoted...why does a French interview never go well for him?
Speaking to L'Equipe, he reportedly said:
'I'm not exactly jubilant, I like to go forward, but here they ask me to defend more than attack. Alex McLeish said I prefer cars to football, that is his slogan. If I get wages, I have the right to do what I want with my money. He is not here to tell me what I have to buy or not. He is not my father. He doesn't know where I come from...'
'After the match against Newcastle there was a quarrel. I didn't like the words he said. I was really upset. At first I was disgusted. Now the coach has started to play me again, so it is better. There was a communication problem, we had a talk and we both put our resentment aside.'
Now is this an old interview said in the heat of the moment? Did the journalist take licence with what McLeish has said in general as opposed to directly to the player?
Am I the only one who reads the final comment about a heart to heart as sounding possibly like it's more of a 'we are running this, would you like to add a comment?' because the tone is completely different?
Since this broke and the obvious predictable N'Zogbia is useless, McLeish is useless, the Board sign all our players responses, Zoggy has released a statement via Villa to the press saying:
'I would like to clarify because I have not been quoted correctly. The most important point is I'm very happy to be an Aston Villa player. I appreciate the manager brought me here and I want to repay this by performing well. I'm happy to be playing my part, I want to contribute. This is a big club with a proud history and I have a great desire to help the club to win. That is the attitude the manager wants to see in all of the players here.'
As for the crack about cars?
'I know now that he did not say this about me. He was saying this about every player, he wants to win football games and think about cars and everything else after. This is my attitude also.'
He knows now...he didn't before...when it was said to him?
But never fear, they believe in each other:
'We spoke together after the game against Newcastle and we have put this behind us. We believe in one another.'
Well apart from being a staged clarification that says all the right things about the club, it doesn't really answer any of the questions does it.
Did N'Zogbia brain fart recently? Is it an old set of quotes rehashed to create a stir now his form has actually improved slightly over recent games.
And is the issue really he's being asked to track back, just like all good wingers do? I don't remember Ashley Young or Ryan Giggs sitting with their legs crossed 30 yards from the oppositions goal until somebody passed the ball to them.
Is it a clash of personalities that will never work or is it just a ruddy good excuse to berate the player, the manager or even both based on previous dislikes?
Methinks the latter will dominate comments!
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Date:Tuesday March 20 2012
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