Milner - Souness stick made me stronger
Aston Villa midfielder James Milner has revealed how useless Scottish bucknut, 'Proper' Graeme Souness, has inspired him, following negative remarks whilst he had the lad at Newcastle.
The 23-year-old England Under-21 star played for his beloved Leeds when they imploded, then moved to St James' Park where boss Souness said he would not be 'buying a team of James Milners'. Jimmy said:
'It's not an ideal thing for your manager to say. The mentality from me was to prove him wrong, that is all you can do as a player. It's down to you to prove your ability and show those people who don't rate you that they are wrong.
You remember the lows more than the highs I suppose and it is how you learn from those.'
Once again, Souness's exemplary man-management skills come to the fore. And you wonder why I want to punch the tv every time I see him spouting his expert pearls on Sky's Champions League coverage.