Stan Collymore outlines heated conversation with Gabriel Agbonlahor, explains what club needs

Gabriel Agbonlahor

The striker-turned-pundit reveals he and the club's longest-serving player were "tearing strips off each other" in a private social media exchange.

Former Aston Villa striker and radio pundit Stan Collymore has revealed to talkSPORT what was said between himself and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in a heated exchange over social media, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

Agbonlahor has been banished from the Villa squad by caretaker manager Eric Black, who accused him of being unfit and overweight despite it being mid-April.

Villa's record Premier League goalscorer and longest-serving player has come in for a great deal of criticism from supporters this season for a perceived bad attitude and poor performances.

Meanwhile, Collymore has not been holding back in recent days in his assessment of the club's plight, and tore into centre-back Joleon Lescott earlier this week for the defender's post-relegation comments and 'pocket tweeting' claim.

Now, the former striker has revealed that he and Agbonlahor were "tearing strips off each other" during a heated private exchange on social media in response to a column the pundit wrote in which he called the 29-year-old fat, although Collymore did add that he ultimately extended an olive branch to the player.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Collymore revealed on talkSPORT: "Gabby Agbonlahor contacted me yesterday and we had it out. He was very personal to me. I had a massive pop at him through direct messages.

"We are tearing strips into each other for over an hour. He’s going into my personal life, I’m going into him being overweight and smoking shisha pipes in Dubai. But my last two points, I said: ‘If you need any help now or in the future, reach out Gabby.’

"He said, ‘I will do, and for the record I’ve always had respect for you and always will, happy to get a b******** off my dad or any other professional because I’m not arrogant, but there’s loads that has gone on that people don’t know about and I’ve never not played with my heart for Villa.’"

Collymore has been vocal on Twitter in recent days about how he would take up a player liaison role at Villa if he was approached, and he suggested his recent exchanges with Lescott and Agbonlahor highlight the need for an ex-player to take up that sort of position at the club.

He added: "This is why somebody like me should be at Villa. Joleon the other week, likewise, Jack [Grealish], and Gabby yesterday - they reacted and the one biggest thing that Villa haven’t done is have somebody to react to."

Villa were relegated for the first time in nearly three decades with four games to spare on Saturday, and are in disarray on and off the field after a catastrophic season.

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