Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has hit back at John Carew, who reacted angrily to the Frenchman suggesting that the striker needed to impress to earn a new contract.
Houllier was set to hand Carew a starting spot against Fulham, before the Norway international suffered a calf injury, having urged the player to make the most of the opportunity.
Carew told VG:"If he wants me to fight for a contract, he should speak to me directly and not through the media.
"This is disrespectful to me and to the fans who sing my name week in, week out."
Houllier responded by saying after the 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage:"I was told about his comments. I think he is stupid. How can he say that? I didn't lack respect to him or anybody.
"Somebody asked me if it was a good chance for him and I said yes. What do you want me to say? No? I think John is living in the past at the moment.
"He should look at the figures, how long has he played and how many goals have we scored when he has been playing.
"I didn't lack respect to him, but in doing that he is lacking respect to me. I don't question his ability. I am not living in the past."