Slater slams Holman's Middle East switch

The EPL title-winner is unimpressed by his Socceroo successor's decision to leave England for the UAE, calling for him to be excluded from the national team reckoning

Former Socceroo Robbie Slater has slammed Brett Holman for giving up on his Premier League dream in favour of the Middle East.

Holman appeared to have earned the reward for years of hard work when he sealed a switch from respected Eredivisie outfit AZ Alkmaar to the glamour of England's top flight, joining Aston Villa on a free transfer in 2012.

However, the move turned sour when Villa became embroiled in a relegation scrap, with manager Paul Lambert losing faith in Holman during the second half of the season.

Villa ultimately secured Premier League survival, but Holman will play no part in their 2013-14 campaign, having left the club for United Arab Emirates Pro-League side Al Nasr.

Slater enjoyed a far more successful spell in the Premier League, winning the title with Blackburn Rovers in 1995 during a four-year stay in the UK, on that also took in West Ham United, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

And the 44-cap Australia international has issued a damning verdict on the motivation behind Holman's latest career choice.

"He gave up - Brett Holman gave up," Slater told FourFourTwo.

"Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Brett Holman and always have been. But I think he gave up.

"He had one year in the Premier League and it didn't turn out [well], it all got too hard, he took the money and went to the Middle East.

"I don't begrudge anyone a payday. But when you're playing for the national team and preparing for a World Cup, I don't think it's the right move.

"And you know what? When you get to the end of your career, you look back and see if you were a success or not – not how much money you've got.

"For me Brett Holman's copped out. He had a good time in Holland, one year that was a bit hard in England and he's left – taken the money in the Middle East – and I don't rate it."

Holman has been a key player for the national team after impressing at the World Cup in 2010, but Slater believes he no longer deserves a berth in Holger Osieck's squad,

"Obviously it's not up to me but that's what I would do if I was in charge," he said.

"If you go to the Middle East, fine. Take your money, take your payday but it's not good enough for the Socceroos."

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