United defender wants apology from Stuart Peace
Manchester United defender Phil Jones is demanding a written apology from Stuart Pearce after the former Under-21 boss claimed he lacked commitment.
As the Independent reports, Pearce hit out at Jones, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshire and fellow United player Danny Welbeck following the Under-21 side’s disastrous European Championship this summer.
Pearce, who was sacked by the FA following the catastrophic campaign in Israel, launched a scathing attack on the players who has progressed to the senior team, claiming that once players make their first senior cap they have no desire to step down a level.
“Once they go through the ivory towers of the seniors they don’t want to come and play with the Under-21s any more. There is no nation in the world that could suffer that,” The Independent reports Pearce as saying.
Phil Jones, who was capped the Under-21 side on eight occasions has reacted angrily to Pearce’s comments and has written to the FA to demand an apology.
The FA released a statement regarding Pearce’s comments this week sating:
“The FA are disappointed with the comments of Stuart Pearce with regard to squad selection this summer,” The Independent reports them as saying.
“Squads were selected for the summer tournaments and decided upon by the coaching staff, including Stuart Pearce.
“The players were then advised accordingly which squads they were in. It is unfair to criticise individual players.
“All selections were management decisions are were not taken by individual players.” The statement further added.
The paper believes that Jones will not pursue legal actions over his former boss’s statement, but has contacted the FA to record his anger at Pearce’s comments.