Date: 9th September 2007 at 2:19pm
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Well I must admit this headline in the Sunday Mail, ‘Maloney – My Villa Hell‘ doesn’t make for good reading today.

It appears the press in Scotland just will not give up on the story and Shaun is only too happy to fan the flames. Fair enough the lad can’t help the headlines which are done to attract readers but for goodness sake, grow a pair and get a hold on reality!

Maloney was instrumental in the goal for Scotland yesterday and then told the press:

‘All I want is to play regular football and be happy. In the past year my football has stagnated, maybe even gone backwards. Perhaps in the past season, for a variety of reasons, I haven’t given it my best shot. It seems a long time ago I was Scotland’s Player of the Year. In my final few months at Celtic I was negotiating a new contract and now regret the way I handled those talks. There’s no doubt it had a negative effect on my game.’

He added in the Scottish paper that he didn’t move just for money, he also thought it would be good to test himself at a ‘higher standard’ something that is bound to alienate himself even more from the Celtic fans he so offended when he left.

On a more positive note he says, ‘I give 100 per cent for Villa and it’s disrespectful for me to talk about other clubs or too many other details. I am pretty committed to Villa and just want to get into the team. I was confused about my situation last month (during the transfer window) and didn’t know what was going on. Now I can’t blame anybody else. I’ve made my bed and have to lie in it.’

Oh dear, how sad. He has to lie in his bed. FFS, this young man (24, so old enough to be able to grow up and not whinge about being away from home) is on £20 000 and playing at a great club in a great league. My heart bleeds for him.

He says now the transfer window is over he’ll have to be at Villa ‘for the foreseeable future and have to get on with it.’

And this will really please Martin O’Neill: ‘I spoke to the boss about my situation before the transfer window closed and he told me to stay, get my head down and work hard. I also spoke to him during pre-season and told him I hadn’t settled as well as I could have. It was maybe unfair the manager had to come out and speak about me being homesick. In many ways I haven’t helped myself. I need to find a proper place to live as I’m in a serviced apartment just now. Almost everyone at Villa has been really nice and the fans have been so understanding. I haven’t been a success in England and maybe I need to give it a decent amount of time to see if I can change that.’

‘It was nice to score the winner against Fulham recently then two goals against Wrexham in the League Cup. But it wasn’t enough to get me a game against Chelsea last week. The manager tends to stick with tried and tested players. I need to become one of them. I found myself in a similar position at Celtic a few years ago but it was a bit easier to take as I was younger.’

Grow up lad, get a grip, take your chances and become a Villa hero.

 

21 Replies to “Shaun Maloney – Get A Grip Lad”

  • Kick his arse out now,7-8 mil min and if we dont get offered that he can stay on the bench we didn’t need him on Sunday.

  • What a shame. Most fans had really taken to him and seen what he was capable of, this really will have done him no favours. He’ll be gone in summer, no doubt.

  • I think Maloney is potentially a very good player, but is not worth a current 1st XI place, although a definite threat from the bench. I really do want him to stay . You need two quality players in each position, and he is in contention with Ashley Young in my view. Injuries and suspensions willgive him his chance, but he is acting like a spoilt little chid at the moment. I hope he dosn’t alienate himself from the fans. If he does go back to the easy life we must demand top money for him, like Albion do. The basis message is GROW UP and GET ON WITH IT.

  • He really needs to grow up. He seems to think that he is a 17 year-old kid, when in fact he should be a 24 year-old man. Its about time he began acting like a man, knuckled down and got on with the job at hand. If he gets into the team and plays well he may well get that move back to Celtic. Every Villa fan I have spoken to wants to support him but when he talks this crap he isn’t helping himself. Firstly he needs to buy a house in the area, this will give him a base and he will then start to fit in.

  • Enough already! This is now way past a joke. I’m fast losing patience with the guy and his homesick blues. Maybe he’s being quoted out of context, although somehow I doubt that very much. Time methinks for MON to have a word in his ear, telling him to button his mouth, and that talking about all things AVFC when he is away on international duty is strictly taboo. He claims to be homesick, and he’s what, a four hour drive away from Glasgow. Jeez, get a life Maloney, quit whining, and for heavens sake grow-up.

  • He’ll get his chance sooner or later, its up to him to take him. His form seems good at the moment and can create goals. I reckon he should on the right against city. Gabby up front he’s way more dangerous there.

  • My brother-in-law has recently returned from a six month stint in Basra. He left his wife and two kids behind and had every reason to be homesick. He didn’t complain as when he joined up this was always a possibility and what he is paid for. Shaun you are in a privelidged position, you are now a wealthy young man. Grow up and take responsibility for yourself and grow some balls and maybe you will stand more of a chance of getting in the team on a regular basis. We want to support you but there is a limit………..

  • Who does he suggest we drop to allow him first team football? This is the issue. Circumstance will dictate Maloney’s selection. I believe that Maloney wasn’t selected for the Chelsea game because he hasn’t got the mental toughness required to get a result against a top 4 team. I also believe that Gardner should have come on against Chelsea instead of Petrov.

  • Large Dunmmy found at Villa Park I beleive that David Underware(Ladies) is also making a claim he did not know hor far it was to VP
    Joking aside we do not need anyone else from Celtic they are all wingers feeling sorry for themselves

  • Young didn’t play against the mighty Wrexham 48, but I’m sure he’d have slotted one in somewhere had he played. Moore was very unlucky not to score against Chelsea last week and is looking sharper already. So to compare who’s scored when and where so early into the season is just plain stupid. Maloney is a selfish player, Young and Moore aren’t, they do this little trick called ‘assist’……Maloney seems to be a whinging t**t, like some other people I’ve come across lately….

  • the celtic fans do not want him back we see him as a judas who betrayed us after we kept him on the books through countless injuries he *****in shamed himself when he left just to go to his uncle martinno offence to o’neil but it was strachan who gave him his first real run in the team

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