McLeish - No N'Zogbia rift
Alex McLeish has played down reports suggesting he has suffered a falling-out with Charles N'Zogbia and claims there is more to come from the winger.
Last Updated: 22/03/12 4:23pm
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has played down reports suggesting he has suffered a falling-out with Charles N'Zogbia and claims there is more to come from the winger.
McLeish was recently said to have questioned N'Zogbia's lifestyle choices, with the Frenchman accused of preferring fast cars to playing football.
N'Zogbia took exception to the comments and snapped back at his manager, fuelling rumours that he could cut short his Villa Park stay after just one season.
The former Newcastle and Wigan forward has since released a statement in which he claims to have no issue with McLeish, and the Scot has now offered his take on a situation both sides believe has been blown out of proportion.
"Listen, I'm quite a laid-back manager. If the players are doing it for me on the pitch, then it's not a problem," said McLeish.
"They will get in the side, it's as simple as that.
"I was supposed to have said something about Charles spending money on fast cars. I've no reason to single Charles out for that and I told him that. I was talking about players in general.
"Charles realises that now. It was after the Bolton game when I was really pleased with the performance and I was doing a rallying cry to all the players to be winners.
"I said 'think about being a winner first before you reward yourself with a fast car'.
"I'm like Charles, definitely. If I had the money in my day that these guys are earning, I'd have had fast cars because I love fast cars."
In terms of N'Zogbia's performances, McLeish added: "I think there is more to come from him. I'm certain Charles would agree with that, his final cross, his final pass, his finishing.
"All these things he is capable of producing. I am sure his moment will come."