Aston Villa fans SLAM club tweet welcome back Jack Grealish for return as ‘out of touch’
Aston Villa fans have criticized their club’s media team for posting a ‘welcome back’ tweet to former star Jack Grealish labeling it as ‘no contact’ with the fans.
Grealish could return to Villa Park on Wednesday night after his £100million move from Villa to Manchester City in the summer, with the midfielder poised for an emotional return to his youth club.
Villa posted a tweet on the afternoon of the game thanking Grealish for the memories he gave the club. They accompanied it with a 90-second video highlighting his time at the club.
But Villa supporters thought it was ridiculous to be so friendly to an opponent on match day.
Aston Villa fans have slammed a tweet by the club’s Twitter account, welcoming former player Jack Grealish (above)
Villa posted this tweet before Grealish returned to the club as a Man City player on Wednesday
Villa’s original tweet read: ‘Today, Jack Grealish was able to return to Villa Park for the first time in the colors of an opposition team.
“Everyone at the Club welcomes you Jack and thanks for the memories. UTV!’
But one fan tweeted, “I get that you’re trying to be classy, but this is a horrible, inappropriate tweet. Focus on the players who still play for Villa and have a game to win tonight, rather than someone from the opposition.”
“This looks so much more like a tin pot than the club probably imagined,” claimed another. “Personally I don’t care what Jack is doing these days, but this seems a bit odd to me. Admin doesn’t really interact with the majority of the fan base here. Not good. #avfc’
Midlands club supporters labeled the tweet ‘out of touch’, ‘shocking’ and ‘terrible’
Another fan said: ‘Seriously!! This is embarrassing! He now plays for the opposition. It’s so bad when the little Heather (Birmingham City) takes off Bellingham’s shirt!’
A fan group of Villa wrote: ‘Why not give them the three points while you’re at it, as a welcome gift? This is sports. Not happy families.
Another supporter claimed: ‘Is this what happens when everyone is happy making millions in the game and goes to the edge of sports? No problem with JG, just this…’
Meanwhile, a fan said: ‘This is shocking, when are we going to name Holte End after him?’
Grealish was Villa’s star player before moving to Manchester City for £100m this summer
Grealish came through the youth at Villa and spent a decade as a professional player in their ranks until he moved to City as the first-ever £100 million British footballer.
The midfielder played 213 times for the Midlands club between 2011 and 2021.
But Grealish, who has played at Villa since he was six, chose to move to Premier League champions City to play European football and admitted he cried when he left his youth team.
“I knew some people would be unhappy if I left and I understand why some were, but every year I was there I gave my all for the club. If I score, I’m not going to celebrate,” he said The Telegraph.
The midfielder became Britain’s first £100 million player after completing the transfer to City
“You can’t imagine how hard it was for me to leave. I went for a run in the morning, a lot of people took pictures of me and it was all on social [media] that I stayed.
“I came back and had to address all the players and staff. There were about 70 people there. I spoke for about a minute and a half and then I had to stop because I got a lump in my throat and started crying.
“I was a little surprised by some of the resistance when I left. I would never want a toxic relationship with anyone there. I owe everything to them and I wouldn’t be at City without Villa.
“It is a club that is close to my heart and I certainly hope to go back there. That’s always been on my mind. Ashley Young did it and I want to do the same, 100 percent.”
Grealish had been with Villa since he was six and played more than 200 times for his boys team
Despite the niceties of Villa’s media team on Wednesday, new Villa boss Steven Gerrard has claimed that Grealish will become the club’s ‘enemy’ on Wednesday night, despite the popular support he is likely to receive from home supporters.
“I see nothing but a positive reaction, but once the game starts, he is the enemy and we want to face him,” said Gerrard. “We want to make it as difficult as possible for him and his team.
“I hope he gets a warm and positive response before the game. I think the supporters are very grateful for what Jack has given this club.
“They see him as one of their own, coming through the academy. He performed extremely well and helped them return to the Premier League by bringing a truly influential figure.
Grealish is expected to receive a warm reception when his city side goes to Villa on Wednesday
“There are strong relationships with Jack here, which we respect very much. But for his and our side, we must be professional and continue the game. Jack is a competitor and he will focus on his task.’
City manager Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has claimed Grealish needs to be more aggressive after a slow start to his career with the top champions, including an injury setback in recent weeks.
“Maybe at Villa everything started with him and he was free,” Guardiola said this week. “Now he’s in a new position and he wasn’t as determined or as clinical in the last third.
“Sometimes he may need to be a little more aggressive. When you get the ball close to the penalty area, my friend, you decide what you want. That’s why you are Jack Grealish and no other player. They have to play and make their moments.’