Paul McGrath tears into Joleon Lescott with furious, no-holds-barred Twitter messages

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The former Aston Villa hero does not have kind words for the club's public enemy number one.

Former Aston Villa hero Paul McGrath has launched a furious tirade against current defender Joleon Lescott on Twitter in the wake of the 33-year-old's controversial comments after the club's relegation, calling the player a "slime bag".

Villa's drop out of the top flight of English football for the first time in nearly three decades was confirmed with four games to spare on Saturday as a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United kept them 15 points adrift of safety.

Lescott, who has already caused controversy on occasion this season, sparked a backlash from supporters after the match by suggesting that the club's relegation becoming official was a weight off the shoulders of the players.

That was just the latest incident in which the 33-year-old has widened the gap between himself and Villa fans, with the defender most notoriously tweeting a photo of his expensive car shortly after a defeat earlier in the season before claiming he had accidentally posted the message whilst his phone was in his pocket.

McGrath, by contrast an immensely popular figure at Villa Park and whom is still referred to as 'God' by his adoring supporters, made his feelings on Lescott known in no uncertain terms in a series of tweets on Sunday afternoon.

He wrote "Lescott came to Villa for money, nothing more, he got what he wanted and can laugh it off. You are a slime bag son. Ur a disgrace!

"Lescott's hit Aston Villa twice now without thinking. Give the fans a chance to at lease [sic] understand what's happened to their Club #Div!

"Thruth [sic] is I will not have a Villa player blame the supporters for their shortcomings ur crap end of take responsibility Lestott [sic] and Co!

"Look lescott wants money, if I'm honest so do I, just not at the expense of others . End of!"

Finally, McGrath made reference to the spat between Lescott and Villa fan and pundit Stan Collymore, adding: "Lescott shout [should] stop this spat with Stan, I'll step in for Stan!"

Villa fans will likely be delighted to see one of their favourite sons refuse to hold back in his condemnation of a player who in many supporters' eyes has been a chief culprit of the club's poor displays on the pitch, and who represents a dressing room considered by many to be rotten to the core.

It is thought that Lescott is unlikely to still be at Villa Park next season as the club look to ship out several of their highest earners and rebuild ahead of the culture shock of entering life in the Championship.

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