Date: 8th July 2008 at 3:06pm
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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 spn.dk.

‘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?