Paul McGrath and Stan Collymore round on 'slime bag' Aston Villa captain Joleon Lescott
Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath has joined the chorus of criticism flowing in Joloen Lescott's direction after his bizarre comments following Villa's relegation from the Premier League.
Lescott has become a symbol of Villa's demise this season, with his move to tweet a picture of a sports car shortly after his side lost 6-0 to Liverpool in February an apparent snipe at supporters who had jeered his latest lamentable display.
His claims that he tweeted the image by accident when the phone was in his pocket added to the annoyance created by the incident and now Lescott has put himself in the firing line again with his latest comments.
After Villa's relegation was confirmed after a defeat at Manchester United on Saturday, Lescott suggested the demotion was "a weight off his shoulders".
"It's never nice to see (relegation) confirmed and now it is officially, hopefully it is a weight off people's shoulders and we can play with a bit of freedom now," he stated. "We want to show we still have fight left in us now."
The idea that Villa will suddenly start to show fight now that they have been relegated infuriated former Villa striker Stan Collymore, who voiced his annoyance angrily on talkSPORT radio. He was joined by McGrath with these tweets:
Lescotts hit Aston Villa twice now without thinking . Give the fans a chance to at lease understand what's happened to their Club # Div !— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) April 17, 2016
@cgale_825 when mercenaries leave the healing begins !— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) April 17, 2016
Lesscott came to villa for money and nothing more, he got what he wanted and laughed it off, you are slime bag son . Ur a disgrace !— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) April 17, 2016
McGrath's tweets came after Stan Collymore had invited Lescott to call him on his radio show to discuss the post-match comments.
"I would love Joleon, or any other Villa player, to call me up in all seriousness," Collymore said.
"I would like any Villa player – particularly Joleon Lescott – to come on and first explain the tweet [with the sports car after Liverpool defeat]. But, today, this is a senior international footballer: "Now confirmed, maybe it's a weight off the shoulders."
Although Lescott refrained from taking up Collymore on his offer to appear on Talksport radio, the player did direct message the former Villa forward on Twitter that was later 'accidentally' tweeted.
"We need to sort this out, you think I'm a tit, I got a similar opinion of you," Lescott said.
"Tried to get in touch via Jack which you didn't want so now I'm askin [sic] you do you really wanna get together and sort this out as men."
Collymore, though, straight-batted Lescott's apparent offer of a 'straightener', saying: ''Sort it out as men? Your [sic] not talking to some of the lightweights in the dressing room now. You'll see me in good time, probably this season.
''In the meantime, try not to say anything else stupid on Twitter or in post match press comments because, to be honest, the car thing was f***ing embarrassing and today to say the weight was now off the shoulders was a good insight into the shamble that is the dressing room.''
After tweeting out a screen-grab of the private conversation, Collymore said it had been an accident, a reference to Lescott's controversial tweet following Villa's 6-0 drubbing to Liverpool in February. Ouch!
Despite being relegated after winning just three games, there could be some good news for Villa fans.
"I'm here for as long as Aston Villa want me," Lescott confirmed.