Graeme Souness has told Tyrone Mings to “bring it on son” after the Aston Villa star responded to his “weird article”.
Souness backed Villa manager Steven Gerrard’s decision to strip Mings of the captaincy, citing a zoom call in which the centre-back had “a hell of a lot to say”.
Souness wrote in his column for the Daily Mail on Friday: ‘I won’t be joining the love-in for Tyrone Mings, the man Steven Gerrard has stripped of the Aston Villa captaincy in a move which, summed up in one sentence, says: “I just don’t fancy you.”
‘Mings is “well-loved in the dressing room”, apparently.
‘Well, when he appeared a couple of times on Zoom for shows we were doing on Sky Sports during lockdown, I thought: “For a young man who’s not achieved anything in the game you’ve a hell of a lot to say.”
‘He’d been talking about how footballers were viewed as “commodities” at the time and I asked him if he didn’t think players were incredibly fortunate to be doing their job.
“He had an answer for me, of course, but that encounter told me a lot.”
Mings was understandably annoyed and made that clear in a response on social media.
Mings Tweeted: ‘What a weird article. That zoom call I was invited on was 2 years ago & he said nothing to me at the time, now wants to drag me into his pointless column.
‘Btw, I’ve achieved plenty from where I started. Happy to chat things through if you ever need me.’
Souness, aided by pot stirrer in chief Jim White, continued the beef on talkSPORT, imploring Mings to come good on his offer and give him a call.
Informed of Mings’ tweet, Souness replied: “Anytime, anytime. I was a manager for, I think, 880 games.
“When you are a manager and you decide to take the captaincy from someone, that is as bad as it gets for that individual.
“You know you’ve lost him forever. There’s nothing you can do.
“Forever, to get him back onside. So to do it is a major step. You would have to have a good reason to do that.
“There is something in Tyrone Mings’ makeup that Steven Gerrard doesn’t fancy. Forever.
“I’m putting myself there, I’m a player, the captain of the football club and someone takes the captaincy off me.
“I’m done with the manager. In fact my personality, I couldn’t stay at the club, I’ve got to go now.”
“I’ll come back to it,” Souness repeated. “Tyrone Mings, bring it on son.
“If you want to have a conversation with me about football – I’m not sure what I’m going to learn – phone talkSPORT. We’ll have the chat.”