Selling him to Villa without him being made aware it was happening is a very poor show indeed! Whether people thought he was good enough or not, given his loyal service and the amount of games he played that kind of behaviour is sign that something was going haywire within the club.
“All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. ... Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”