Micah Richards doesn't like how Steven Gerrard treated Tyrone Mings
Mings 'thrown under the bus' by Villa coach Gerrard, suggests Richards
, the former player, thinks thatAston Villa
's head coach shouldn't have said those words aboutTyrone Mings
defender was removed as captain of Aston Villa before the start of the new Premier League season.John McGinn
, a midfielder, was given the armband for the 2022–23 season.
And Mings didn't play in Villa's first game of the season, which was against his old team,
, where they lost 2-0. After the game, Gerrard said he would choose Mings again if he "looked me in the eye and showed that he was ready to play."
But Richards, who played for Villa when Mings first joined the team, said that Gerrard's comments made it sound like he was "throwing his former teammate under the bus." Richards said on
5 Live's Monday Night Club, "I'm shocked, to be honest, because Mings is liked by everyone in the team, and the Villa fans seem to like him, too."
"When he lost the captaincy, he wrote a tweet about it, and he seemed to handle it well. He kind of threw him under the bus there, which is not like Gerrard. Usually, you agree with everything Gerrard says. He's direct and gets right to the point, and he's a manager who will deal with any problem in the locker room.
"But he hinted there might be a little more, to be honest. No one would be able to handle losing the captaincy well. That's only natural. I just think that Mings and Gerrard could have kept that between themselves. Maybe Gerrard was angry because they had just lost the game, and when he was asked the question, he told the truth, even though he usually keeps things like that to himself. It's a lot of fun."
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