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Carlos Cuellar In Stunning Parting Shot At Villa

Carlos Cuellar In Stunning Parting Shot At Villa

Carlos Cuellar has had a parting shot at Villa and the board following his exit.

Strange one, he`s always seemed to calm before!

He told Eurosport that he didn`t blame the managers for not picking him all the time - which is strange because Martin O`Neill bought him and didn`t play him regularly, Gerrard Houllier followed suit and so did Alex McLeish. You would think the beef would be with the managers playing him out of position or not playing him at all wouldn`t you?

It seems from his swipe, that he blames the Club owner Randy Lerner and the board for his time at Villa.

Again, strange, they bought him for a massive fee and his pay can`t have been too shoddy could it?

Anyway, it is a pretty stunning rant at the Club to be fair.

He says the last few years have been stressful after a 'brilliant` start to his Villa career.

'My first two years at Villa were brilliant as I was playing regularly and we were challenging for the top four. We were a really strong team, and I still love the club. But in the last two years something changed, both for the club and me - we lost many of our top players, and had constant problems with managers. We had no stability, and we became weaker because of the change in economic direction. Also, I was not in the first XI. So a combination of the club`s troubles and my own lack of playing time made me quite stressed, professionally.'


This is where I find it a bit confusing, it is the managers who choose who plays and who doesn`t, so was it not about playing, was it just about money?

'I don`t think the manager wasn`t giving me a fair chance. Obviously as a player you want to play, but I had more of a problem with the way the board were dealing with me and others. Had the board come to me and said 'listen, we are not going to offer you a new contract because of your wages, or because you are not playing well enough`, I would have accepted that and looked for another solution. But they said nothing. And yet in the past I had turned down offers to leave because I was told I would be given a new contract and would play!"

Adding, 'The problems at Villa are political - you can`t blame the coaches because they have to deal with the same things too.'

Full interview: Eurosport

Would the board not take their lead from three managers not regularly playing the player and most preferring Richard Dunne and James Collins over him? Or pushing him on the right instead of the centre?


Surely his problem should have been at the managers not playing him? Or using him as cover and then dropping him straight away? This looks more that he wanted to stay and is angry that he`d not got a new contract? It does seem strange, looking from the outside in strange that he wasn`t offered a new contract, if only to put a value back on the player so as to enable Villa to deal him at some point in the transfer market?

Most unexpected swipe from one of the players who has always come over as professional before. All that time he was dropped/not used and never uttered anything but love towards the fans and club... Who`d have thunk it?!

No doubt everyone will read their own things into this.


Certainly does look like we need to pray we get a good, young, hungry and 'vibrant` manager to push Villa forward. I`d quite like to see some more of the MON players moved out and a fresh start for Villa, but it will take funds to do that.

Interesting and uncertain times.

I did say the other day in an article I wonder if our new manager might look at re-signing Carlos. I`d say probably not now eh?!?!?!


Be interested to see the reaction to this. Not really done anyone any favours this has it? Villa bought him for nearly £8million, he`ll have made a bomb signing on fee wise and will have been paid a kings (Carlos) ransom for being at Villa. So why the bitterness?

We`ve had one average season and last season was the worst one going, but that doesn`t wipe out the previous 6, 6, 6, Wembley final and a semi final does it? Hope not. Gulp. Can`t wait to see the new manager named and maybe we can get excited and move forward again. Going to take a bit of money to re-build this...

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 24 2012
Time: 4:03PM


He'd have been at Rangers from January if McCoist had been prepared to pay his wages whilst he was injured. £2m fee agreed and it was their financial problems that stopped him going ultimately because they didn't want to pay him whilst he was crocked. I'd have thought that indicated his future at the club to be honest? Also clearly the board wouldn't decide if he played - but it wasn't the managers fault??

Unfortunate sour grapes for me. That said he's the centre half who shouldn't be leaving!
24/05/2012 16:10:00
Amazed by that. One thing, it doesn't look like not playing is the main issue, it is no new contract. Also, looks like he wasn't bothered being played out of position under MON (as think ????) he was usually right back not central even with MON. He's right re: manager change causing problems it always does, hence lets hope the next manager brings in stability. But the board don't select who play, so ...? Amazing swipe that one.
The Fear
24/05/2012 16:10:00
agree Fieldy, would have preferred him to stay and the other two to depart! Funny old game this footie mate!
The Fear
24/05/2012 16:11:00
doesn't surprise me if there is communication issues within the club... its well documented at this stage. maybe just slightly bitter because of no extension?? like you say who knows...
24/05/2012 16:12:00
His reference to politics makes me think one or two defenders wield to much influence at Villa and maybe were unfairly picked ahead of him because of it. I've certainly heard rumours that Houilier was told he had to play certain players.
plastic villan
24/05/2012 16:13:00
tawt , he was bleeding us for 40k a week and wouldn't leave . If playing was important to him he'd have taken a wage cut and moved to a championship club . 3 managers plus caretakers didn't rate you , says it all Adiós
24/05/2012 16:15:00
So concerned that almost everythink coming out of the Villa is negative and the perception of our club is one on the decline!!!
24/05/2012 16:19:00
I'm comfortable with most Carlos says. He too professional to rock the boat while at the club, but now he's not, he can take the lid off. It doesn't surprise me.
Pride of Lions
24/05/2012 16:24:00
The politics "thing" is interesting too. I don't think it takes too long to work out who runs the dressing room..... bit like Chelsea with AVB I'd say....
Pride of Lions
24/05/2012 16:27:00
yup, agree astonsteve all seems so negative and it a shame. Lets hope we soon have something positive to discuss!
The Fear
24/05/2012 16:28:00
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