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Gerard Houllier Slams Aston Villa Defenders Including Liverpool Target

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OUTCASTS Stephen Warnock and Habib Beye have been accused of not caring about Villa and warned they might never play for the club again unless they mend their ways.

Warnock and Beye have been banished to training with the reserves in recent weeks after failing to show commitment to the claret and blue cause. Manager Gerard Houllier has questioned the out-of-form full backs’ attitudes towards the club since losing their places in his starting line-up.

Houllier has adopted a hard-line approach to rooting out disruptive players and has not included either Warnock or Beye in his squads in 2011.

Warnock, 29, was lined up for a loan to Liverpool or Wigan on Monday but neither move materialised and the left-back remains a Villa player.

Asked if Warnock and Beye were part of his plans, Houllier hesitated before replying: “Erm…they must show the trust first and they must show that they like the club.

“They’re here, they’re Aston Villa Football Club players, they’re training with the reserves. If needed they will fill in, if not they won’t.

“It’s not only a matter of being good enough, it’s also a matter of being committed enough.”

SOURCE: Birmingham Mail

There are two cases for Stephen Warnock here.

Maybe his training performances were not what they might have been because his head was turned by Liverpool, or perhaps the Reds dodged a bullet in January by not signing him if his professionalism is being questioned.

Nevertheless, Warnock has lost his place to Ciaran Clark in the Aston Villa team, and looks further than ever from being an England left back.

Because his mooted loan to Liverpool was considered a stop gap before a permanent solution was found in the summer, it would appear that Warnock’s best chance of resurrecting his career is to up his level at Aston Villa.

As for Habib Beye, at the age of 33 he has little chance of ousting either Carlos Cuellar or Kyle Walker in the long term, and may have to drop a league or two to find a first team role.


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