Stan Collymore's bitter spat with Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott goes public

The striker-turned-pundit and Villa fan is less than happy with the centre-back's attitude.

Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott and former Villa striker Stan Collymore exchanged heated words in an extraordinary exchange on Saturday night after the club's drop to the Championship was finally confirmed.

Villa lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford to seal their first relegation from the top flight in nearly 30 years after a catastrophic season which has seen the club win only three league matches.

Though the Birmingham club's fate has long been sealed, what has angered fans and pundits more than merely the results during the campaign is the attitude of the players, with the side slipping through the trapdoor with barely the whisper of a fight.

Lescott been a prime culprit in supporters' eyes, getting involved in heated altercations with fans and notoriously tweeting a photo of his car shortly after a defeat only to claim the picture has been posted whilst his phone was in his pocket.

Now, Collymore has laid into the 33-year-old after he suggested just hours after the defeat at Old Trafford that the confirmation of relegation was a weight off the shoulders of the player.

After the pundit called Lescott out on his radio show to talkSPORT, the defender replied via Instagram direct message, as quoted by the Daily Mail: "We need to sort this out, you think I'm a tit, I got a similar opinion of you.

"Tried to get in touch via Jack which you didn't want so now I'm askin you do you really wanna get together and sort this out as men."

In response, Villa fan Collymore tore into Lescott's actions, declaring: "Sort it out as men? You’re not talking to some of the lightweights in the dressing room now. You’ll see me in good time, probably this season.

"In the meantime, try not to say anything else stupid on Twitter or in post-match press comments because to be honest, the car thing was f***ing embarrassing and today to say the weight was now off the shoulders was a good insight into the shambles that is the dressing room."

Though he later deleted that post, Collymore had one final dig at the player with a cheeky tweet about Lescott's alleged pocket-tweeting ability.

Lescott's Villa future is thought to be in the balance, with the club likely to try to shift numerous high earners in the summer as they look to cut costs and rebuild ahead of life in the Championship next season.

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