Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier and striker John Carew have agreed to disagree after calling a truce on their extraordinary feud.
Houllier and Carew held a clear-the-air meeting at the start of the week after getting embroiled in a furious war of words last weekend.
It transpires that the Norwegian took exception to comments from Houllier challenging him to impress Villa or find another club.
Houllier claims that there was a misunderstanding owing to his quotes being twisted in the Scandinavian press.
Carew accused Houllier of lacking respect for “me and the fans who sing my name week in, week out”. He went on to suggest the boss was ill prepared to manage Villa and had more to prove than him at the football club.
Houllier, who transferred Carew from Lyon to Villa in January 2007, responded angrily by telling the 31-year-old forward to “shut-up” and to stop being “stupid” and “living in the past”.
Manager and player met to resolve the quarrel at Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground on Monday and Houllier assembled the entire first team squad to clarify the issue.
“This is my last word,” explained Houllier. “T he matter is over. I just explained in front of everybody that was a discrepancy in terms of John’s interpretation and what I said.
“My words are always recorded so when John saw that he realised that there was a difference. In the meantime I said this was totally disproportionate and wrong because I didn’t lack respect to him – and I can show that.
“I needed to show it to everybody. I think it is better the whole team knows what I said and why I said it so that’s finished now.
“I’m surprised because he’s a very experienced player. He’s been around everywhere and he knows me and he knows that sometimes the press can twist your words or use one angle.
“He knows that. I think the Norwegian press distorted what was in the English press or what was said. The Norwegian press said something which had nothing to do with what I said and in fairness John said there was a big difference.”
Carew, who is currently sidelined by a calf tear he sustained in training last week, is out of contract next summer and is expected to be made available for transfer in January.
Villa are believed to want a £2 million fee for Carew, who has been the club’s top scorer in the past three seasons.
However, he will still be considered for selection. “He is a player for Aston Villa and when he is fit, he will be in contention for playing,” added Houllier.