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Sunday, 18 June, 2000, 10:30 GMT 11:30 UK
Joachim to exit Villa
Joachim
Joachim has fallen out with Gregory
Aston Villa striker Julian Joachim is on his way out of the Birmingham club after a public bust-up with manager John Gregory.

The 25-year-old, who has been at Aston Villa since 1996, has been fined two weeks' wages and will be sold "at the earliest opportunity".

A senior Villa official, quoted in the Mail on Sunday, said: "He was way over the top in what he said and the club aren't prepared to stand for it."

Joachim had launched a scathing attack on Gregory, accusing him of going back on an improved pay deal for the former Leicester forward and of being "gutless and spineless".



I'm finished with John Gregory, absolutely finished

Julian Joachim

Joachim said: "He made sure he sorted out a 1m-a-year contract for himself, but he didn't care about me.

"I'm finished with John Gregory, absolutely finished."

Joachim could be sold to his old club Leicester City.

The former England Under-21 international was a firm favourite at Filbert Street before his move to Villa Park for 1.5m.

The diminutive striker appeared regularly in Villa's starting 11 last season, but following the disagreement with Gregory, his Villa days are now numbered.

Joachim is just one of a number of high profile players unhappy at Villa.

His team-mate Gareth Southgate has also handed in a transfer request and defender Ugo Ehiogu has stated that he is dissatisfied with the Birmingham club.

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