Aston Villa forward Scott Hogan has slammed former Villains manager Steve Bruce in an interview with the Daily Mail.
It was Bruce that brought Hogan to the Midlands from Brentford, but the Republic of Ireland international was unimpressed by how the former Sunderland manager treated him:
“The most difficult thing in football is not playing when you’re fit. The second most difficult is playing in a system where there is just no way on this earth it’s suited to you, you are hung out to dry a little bit.
“It (a 4-1-4-1 formation) led to less chances, less touches in the box. But I did what the manager asked me to do, he only ever asked me to work hard.”
He also discussed the blocking of a move to Sheffield United during the summer:
“I knocked on his door a couple of days before the window shut just to find out what was going on. Sheff United were very interested.
“I wasn’t allowed to leave. He was adamant that he didn’t want me to go, he said I had a future playing as a striker and I was assured we were going to change the way we were playing.
“So it was disappointing for me two days later when he signed a striker and nothing changed at all.
“I then had an injury, which didn’t help, but for the past five weeks I’ve been fit. So it’s frustrating, but it’s more frustrating when there is no answer. If you have a reason why you’re not playing, you can go and work on it.
“People say you’ve got to be professional, train your best and all that, but it’s difficult because you know you’re not getting anything out of it. My head wasn’t completely in it if I’m honest, because you knew no matter what you did that week, you weren’t going to play, so there was nothing you could do except go home.”
Hogan has now been reunited with Dean Smith, who he worked under during the pair’s time with Brentford.
Smith’s first test as manager will come after the international break when his new side take on Swansea City.