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It’s laughable Graeme Souness saying this about Jonjo Shelvey

2 years ago
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Graeme Souness has been making his mouth go about Jonjo Shelvey.

The former Newcastle boss says that after being sent off against Tottenham ‘That should be his (Jonjo Shelvey’s) last chance because you can’t do that’

So basically, Graeme Souness says that there are no second chances for somebody who does something stupid/ridiculous that costs his team, lashes out because of frustration/petulance?

Well if that’s the case, Souness himself wouldn’t have much of a playing career would he?

He was a very good player (like Shelvey can be) but at the same time Graame Souness was a regular when it came to losing his teamer, doing ridiculous things (usually nasty, vicious, assaults on opponents like the one in the footage below).

Back in the seventies/eighties I doubt very much Shelvey would have been sent off for what he did against Spurs, not that I excuse him.

However, Souness would have never got away with half the things he did back in his playing days.

Considering he didn’t join Rangers until he was 33, maybe he can explain how he managed to get sent off three times in the space of a year?

Even as a 43 year old manager, Graeme Souness almost sparked a riot when provocatively planting a Galatasaray flag in the centre circle when away to fierce rivals Fenerbahce.

As a 51 year old he came to St James Park and as well as destroying Sir Bobby Robson’s team overall and replacing it with very costly rubbish, he made it his business to purposefully force out Craig Bellamy by playing him out of position on the wing. Yes that was really doing his bit for the team.

Jonjo Shelvey has a temper and at times showed his petulance last season when things didn’t go his way in the Championship BUT for Graeme Souness to suggest there are no second (or is it third?) chances for what he did…this coming from somebody who got 32nd chances never mind second ones.

This is now Shelvey’s tenth season in club football and has played almost 300 matches for club(s) and country, yet before the Spurs game yesterday he had been sent off once*** (for Liverpool v Manchester United – the Newcastle one v Forest was rescinded).

A lot of players, including Souness, have done far far worse and more stupid things than Shelvey did yesterday, but come back and play for their team.

The Newcastle midfielder deserves to be punished of course, though this will be three missed games and a fine (I would hope), not kicked out of Newcastle because of one red card.

Graeme Souness speaking on Sky Sports:

Jonjo Shelvey has gone from captain to clown in 10 seconds.

“He is annoyed because Alli has kept the ball. How stupid is that?

“I like Shelvey and he has something about him but you can’t have anybody doing that at a football club. Nobody.

“That should be his last chance because you can’t do that.

“They might get relegated by one or two points.

“It might not matter in the bigger picture but his team-mates have the right to be very angry.”

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Graeme Souness at his ‘best’…

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