Man City star Jack Grealish brands ex-Aston Villa boss a lying ‘clown’

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Jack Grealish has laid into former Aston Villa manager John Gregory, who insists that he got the Manchester City winger substituted during a match while on loan at Notts County. Suffice it to say that Grealish does not agree with Gregory’s version of events, despite their mutual affiliation with Villa Park.

Grealish joined Villa’s academy at the age of six and worked his way through the various youth ranks before being sent for a temporary stint at Notts County in 2013/14.

As a fresh-faced 18-year-old, the playmaker notched five goals in 37 League One matches to set him up perfectly for a return to the top flight. But Gregory, who spent four years as Villa manager and two as a player, claims that it wasn’t all plain sailing for Grealish in the third tier.

During a game between Notts County and Crawley Town, who Gregory managed at the time, the veteran boss claims that mind games got the better of the youngster.

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“I actually got Jack Grealish taken off once,” he told Undr the Cosh. “He was on loan at Notts County from Villa so this would be about 2014. He must have been about 18 or 19 at the time.

“I’m in the dugout and whenever he came near me, I said, ‘F***ing Jack Grealish. Aston Villa. F***ing rubbish. No wonder they’ve f***ing sent you out to Notts County.’ I’m right in his ear, ‘No wonder they don’t f***ing want you up there’. Getting into him.


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“They take him off and he went home and told his dad and his dad spoke to one of my friends. He said, ‘Hey, what about your mate Gregory having a pop at my Jack?’. So my mate said, ‘Took him off though, didn’t they?’.”

Grealish replied to the story on the podcast’s Instagram page, writing: “John Gregory – Episode 1 of things that never happened… What a clown.” The Man City star is a lifelong Villa fan and would have been a bright-eyed schoolboy cheering on Gregory’s side while growing up.

There appears to be no love lost between the pair now, however, with Grealish into his third season away from the West Midlands outfit. The 28-year-old banked Villa a whopping £100million when he joined the Sky Blues in 2021.

Grealish played an important role in last season’s stunning treble triumph under Pep Guardiola, but he has found regular minutes hard to come by this campaign, with Jeremy Doku providing stiff competition on the left wing.

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