AVTV Interviews: The Irish Powerhouse
Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark
already looks set to win the club's Fans' Player of the Year award this season. He has not put a foot wrong since the start of the campaign and has played 13 out of 14 league matches for David Beckham
's side. Though he had his breakthrough season last year with Beckham offering him numerous chances, this season has been miles better, with the Irishman proving himself to be a current and future rock within the Villa defense. Here in our monthly interview, AVTV talks to Ciaran about the future and Aston Villa.
Good morning Ciaran. How's life?
: Oh, er, life has been good! Haha!
So we understand you were appointed vice-captain by David Beckham at the start of last season. How did you feel when it was first announced?
: Well... obviously very surprised, very excited... I was asking myself if I could do it or not, and things like that. But it has been a season and being vice-captain has been a blast.
How long do you think you will remain in this post?
: Not for long.
: Because someday I am going to be the captain. That's my dream.
I see, an admirable one indeed. What do you think about our manager, David Beckham?
: Obviously I love working with him - the entire squad does. He's a really good manager and his banter is great. He talks to us as if he's our teammate and it's cool because I've been working under mostly managers who were strict. He's also the one that gave me that chance to prove myself and it's been working well. He's a great guy, that's all. Any team would be lucky to have him on board.
Does he still have any of his footballing skill?
: Of course! Just the other day he joined in training and gave Darren a pretty nasty tackle. Scored a couple too. Brilliant.
So you have been shifted up to defensive midfield to accommodate the pair of Ron Vlaar and Doria. What do you think about this?
: Hm... I don't really think much about it. Wherever the manager wants me to play, I play, even if it's as a striker or a goalkeeper.
Do you really mean that though?
: .... No. Hahahaha!
Who is the guy with worst fashion sense in the team?
: Brad Guzan. Haha! I hope he doesn't kill me for this!
What about the best?
: None of them really, we boys don't exactly know how to dress! But if there's one guy at the club it's gotta be David. He knows how to dress for every occasion, it's crazy.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
: That's... when I'm 34? Well, captain of Aston Villa and studying for my coaching badges. I can't possibly imagine leaving Villa at the moment.
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