This is strong stuff from Carlos Cuellar. Is this the moaning of a departed player or the truth ?
From Eurosport – LINK and I don’t think anyone can claim this is ‘Lost in Translation’.
Every word is damning of the situation at Villa and he makes it clear where the blame lies. Quoting from the piece (and you have to read the whole thing to appreciate it further).
“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.”
“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.
In this quote he is basically accusing the board of lying to him
“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!
He then rounds this off with a total mauling of basically Lerner.
“The problems at Villa are political – you can’t blame the coaches because they have to deal with the same things too.”
Many people including myself liked to blame Mcleish. However if a player so widely admired as Cuellar is saying this, how worrying is that for the future of the club ?