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Saturday, 9 February, 2002, 12:38 GMT
Ginola: Villa humiliated me
David Ginola made most of hiss appearances from the substitute's bench
Ginola started only 19 games under Gregory
David Ginola has launched a scathing attack on John Gregory and Aston Villa after completing his move free transfer from the Midlands club to Everton.

Ginola will make his debut against Arsenal after making a shock move from Aston Villa on Friday.

Former Villa boss Gregory only gave Ginola 19 starts in 18 months, and publicly accused the Frenchman of being overweight and lacking professionalism.


I felt humiliated and I think they tried to destroy my name and my image
Ginola on Villa
"What happened to me at Villa was the worst thing to do to a man's pride," said Ginola. "The treatment was the worst I have known in my career.

"If someone decides I'm not playing and wants another guy for my position, fair enough.

"But the lack of communication with Gregory made things very difficult. When you reach a certain age people should have the decency to talk to you.

"I was a senior player, not some youngster. There was a complete lack of respect for me and for what I have achieved, and I don't know why."

The 35-year-old, who arrived from Tottenham in the summer of 2000, believes he was never given a chance to shine at Villa Park.

"I felt humiliated and I think they tried to destroy my name and destroy the image I have built since arriving in England," Ginola told the Sunday People.

Walter Smith and David Ginola
David Ginola (r) and Everton boss Walter Smith
"I was banished from football by those people and for a footballer who can't play, you take away the most important thing in his life after his family.

"That was what my life was like for the last year and a half."

Ginola is desperate to prove he can still perform in the Premiership in the remaining weeks of the season and is looking forward to linking up with fellow veteran Paul Gascoigne.

"I've only been here a few minutes but he's already been shouting in the corridor at me," said Ginola. "Paul is one of the few players I would actually pay to watch.

"We played against each other in an England Under-21 tournament in Toulon many years ago when we were at the beginning of our careers.

"Now we realise what's important in your life and that is playing football while you can. That's why I've come to Everton."

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