Villa boss Eck: Cruel to axe Guzan for Given

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is dropping Brad Guzan for fit-again Shay Given today against Everton.

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is dropping Brad Guzan for fit-again Shay Given today against Everton.

The Scot revealed he has taken the 'cruel' decision to bring fit-again keeper Given back in — and drop Guzan. Given has been out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.

McLeish said: "Football is cruel at times but Brad's been magnificent.

"He understood, he didn't like it and he didn't necessarily agree but he's a proper gentleman.

"I communicated with him. I wasn't going to drop it on him and pin the team up five minutes before kick-off, so there's a mutual respect there and I think he's earned that.

"Throughout my managerial career I have made tough decisions. Some even tougher than this."

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