By Harvey Byrne
Ciaran Clark joined Newcastle on Wednesday – but Aston Villa supporters didn’t seem too disappointed with the long-serving defender’s departure.
Newcastle confirmed the signing of the Republic of Ireland international and many Villa fans felt he did not fulfil his early promise.
The 26-year-old centre-back made his debut as a teenager for the Midlands side back in 2009 and managed to keep a clean sheet alongside Carlos Cuellar in a 2-0 win against Fulham.
Many supporters have aired their views feeling that the central defender would have been behind the likes of Tommy Elphick, Nathan Baker, Micah Richards, Jores Okore and Joleon Lescott in the centre-back pecking order this season.
Supporters have also called for the club to let more players leave naming Lescott, Richards and Allan Hutton as players who they want out of the club and many have also applauded owner Tony Xia for getting a large fee for Clark of around £5million.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
So happy we've sold Ciaran Clark! Wont miss his pointless long balls, mistakes, conceding penalties or own goals!! Lescott nxt please #AVFC
— Shaun Valentine (@Valentine06) August 3, 2016
great business, terrible player…Do they want Richards, lescott or Hutton??
— Harley (@PJ_Harley) August 3, 2016
— iceman (@iceman5151) August 3, 2016
Newcastle fans must be delighted to see Steven Taylor replaced so quickly.
Farewell Ciaran Clark, many #avfc fans couldn't spell your name.
— Chris Jameson (@Chrisjameson9) August 3, 2016
Good luck to @C_Clark_6 at Newcastle, don't think he would have been our 1st/2nd/3rd/4th choice CB so why not get 5m for him #avfc
— Luke (@LukeBarnesy) August 3, 2016
— Richard Mann (@poomannchu) August 3, 2016
— Andrew Miller (@millerAV1) August 3, 2016
Clark has become Aston Villa’s sixth senior departure from the club this summer following Kieran Richardson, Charles N’Zogbia, Jose Angel Crespo, Brad Guzan and Idrissa Gueye out of the door.
The recently relegated club are looking to rebuild their squad and return to the Premier League at the first time of asking under the guidance of Roberto Di Matteo.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Leeds will not get a windfall from Ross McCormack’s impending £12million move to Villa.