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Old 29-01-2018, 08:27 AM
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Mortimer was on Talksport 2 last night with Ray Stubbs.
Came across really well as a person. Couple of bits:

He never wanted to join Palace and made that clear to Coppell and his then Villa boss Atkinson (he constantly referred to us as a long ball team which wouldn't suit him)

Mortimer was sat eating in a restaurant when Coppell rang through to reception to say "I want you to sign for Palace" Mortimer said "you're a long ball merchant" and Coppell suggested that was all going to change with the arrivals of Gabbiadini & co. Mortimer then put the phone down on him before Atkinson called him up saying "you're going"

One story from the Mitcham training ground. The players were training, and out of nowhere in the distance a car came rolling down the back of the training ground and proceeded to blow up.

Eric Young on the first day of training said to Mortimer "what are you doing here" implying he wasn't good enough

Had differences with Sir Steve on a few matters, and feels he should have had more game time

He admitted he perhaps could and should have been mentally stronger at both Villa/Palace.
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