Carlton Palmer went in two-footed on Matt Le Tissier this morning while appearing on Soccer AM.
The Sky Sports show is normally some light-hearted entertainment for two hours, but Palmer’s appearance took things up a notch.
After speaking about his forthcoming book, the former Sheffield Wednesday defender focused his attention on former Southampton team-mate Le Tissier.
Palmer took exception to the Saints legend calling him a bully in his 2009 book Taking Le Tiss.
And he used the Soccer AM appearance to hit back at Le Tissier, questioning his decision to play with Southampton all his career and the amount of England caps he has.
Asked about the stick he gets around English football, Palmer – who now coaches in China – said: “It’s not deserved, it’s people’s perceptions.
“People jump on the bandwagon, I’ll be honest, my book isn’t about slagging people off. I don’t want to do that.
“But, even the other day I’m in China, and Matt Le Tissier mad a comment on TalkSport and he did a chapter in his book, which, by the way wasn’t true about me, calling me a bully and this, that and the other.
“I wanted to win football matches so if you played in the same team as me and you weren’t at it, we got a problem.
“You played in our team at Sheffield Wednesday – we had Nigel Worthington, Nigel Pearson, John Sheridan, Danny Wilson, Viv Anderson – if you come in our dressing room and you ain’t at it, you’ve got a problem.
“These fans pay a lot of money, especially in this day and age. The worst thing now is players who aren’t at it.
“So people like Matt Le Tissier who put in his book that I was a bully, then saying how did I get 18 England caps – then why did you only get six?
“And by the way, people say he should have had more, but why didn’t he? And Glen Hoddle was one of the most stylish players that could have ever been.
“I went to Southampton, and I can tell you I think Matt Le Tissier was a great player and I never thought me and him had a problem. I thought he was a fantastic footballer.
“But how can he criticise me when I finished my career and I can look back and say ‘I’ve done the best that I can do’.
“Has he really done the best that he can do? Because big clubs come after him, and it’s alright saying I’ve played for one club, that’s alright if you’re at Chelsea or Manchester United.
“At Southampton, with the greatest respect, if Chelsea or Manchester United come for you, go and test yourself and show how good a player you are.
“I played about 130 more league games than him and I’ve got 18 England caps. So don’t criticise me and try get publicity off the back of that. I’d never do that about somebody else.”
That’s sure to be difficult for Southampton fans to read about the man they refer to as ‘Le God’.
Palmer made 45 appearances for Southampton during his time at St Mary’s, but he lasted just under two seasons before being sold on to Nottingham Forest.
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