Date: 20th June 2009 at 7:45pm
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Aston Villa midfielder James Milner has revealed how useless Scottish bucknut, ‘Proper’ Graeme Souness, has inspired him, following negative remarks whilst he had the lad at Newcastle.

The 23-year-old England Under-21 star played for his beloved Leeds when they imploded, then moved to St James’ Park where boss Souness said he would not be ‘buying a team of James Milners’. Jimmy said:

‘It’s not an ideal thing for your manager to say. The mentality from me was to prove him wrong, that is all you can do as a player. It’s down to you to prove your ability and show those people who don’t rate you that they are wrong.

You remember the lows more than the highs I suppose and it is how you learn from those.’

Once again, Souness’s exemplary man-management skills come to the fore. And you wonder why I want to punch the tv every time I see him spouting his expert pearls on Sky’s Champions League coverage.