Paul McGrath rips in to 'mercenary' Joleon Lescott

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Lescott has become a symbol of Villa's demise
Lescott has become a symbol of Villa's demise

Aston Villa legend and Sunday World columnist Paul McGrath has joined the chorus of criticism flowing in Joloen Lescott's direction after his bizarre comments following Villa's relegation from the Premier League.

Lescott has become a symbol of Villa's demise this season, with his move to tweet a picture of a sports car shortly after his side lost 6-0 to Liverpool in February an apparent snipe at supporters who had jeered his latest lamentable display.

His claims that he tweeted the image by accident when the phone was in his pocket added to the annoyance created by the incident and now Lescott has put himself in the firing line again with his latest comments.

After Villa's relegation was confirmed after a defeat at Manchester United on Saturday, Lescott claimed it was "a weight off his shoulders".

"It's never nice to see (relegation) confirmed and now it is officially, hopefully it is a weight off people's shoulders and we can play with a bit of freedom now," he stated. "We want to show we still have fight left in us now."

The idea that Villa will suddenly start to show fight now that they have been relegated infuriated former Villa striker Stan Collymore, who voiced his annoyance on talkSPORT radio and he was joined by McGrath with these tweets:

McGrath later offered to help his former club as they look to bounce back from the worst season in their history:

If only Villa's players had shown as much passion and fight for the Villa cause as McGrath over the last nine months.

Collymore's fury led Lescott to personally message the pundit on Instagram, which the Talksport man 'accidentally' tweeted: