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  1. Mark November 26, 2015 at 12:09 pm . Reply

    I don’t think it’s just the fact that he went on a night out, it’s more to do with the fact that it could be seen as a lack of respect to those Villa fans who made the effort to go to the Everton game at Goodison Park, the fact that Grealish was handed a starting place and then, like the rest of the team, appeared to not be bothered about the outcome. With a little bit more sensitivity and certainly maturity, Grealish may have decided that going out on the lash with the lads for all to see was perhaps not the most wise of decisions. Of course, if he was playing well and the team was winning then there would not be this song and dance about the matter. I remember Jimmy Johnstone of Celtic going AWOL at the Scotland team headquarters in Largs in 1972, just before the Home International decider against England. He had been out on a session and was rescued from a rowing boat without oars. Despite this, the manager allowed him to play and Scotland won two-nil so nothing more was said but only because they won and he played a blinder. Sadly, as a Scot, a distant memory. Personally I think that Grealish has undoubted potential and has shown glimpses of what he can do but only glimpses. Having players with skill and flair is all well and good but what Villa need right now is a team full of grafters, that give 100% every game. At his age it’s all about learning, not just the game but also life. I only hope he knuckles down and puts all these minor hiccups behind him. Otherwise I cannot see him reaching his full potential and, before he knows it, his career is over.

    1. Ardent Villain November 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm . Reply

      The key thing for me is your point that he’s only shown ‘glimpses’ so far – nothing actually achieved yet – unlike [say] Ross Barkley, who at 21 is already an established regular at Everton and featuring for England.

  2. Mark November 26, 2015 at 12:14 pm . Reply

    Correction to above, it was 1974 when Scotland beat England 2-0 and, before anybody says it, Yes Scotland have beaten England since then, not that many times though.

  3. Hitchens 60 November 26, 2015 at 6:23 pm . Reply

    If you read Garde’s comments about Grealish it’s clear that he sees Grealish has let both himself and the club down but more importantly Garde trusted him by allowing him stay behind in Manchester and Grealish has betrayed that trust. Can Garde now trust him to deliver on the pitch. Grealish is going to have to work hard to rebuild that trust. We shall find out just what the lad is made of in the next few weeks.

    1. GIDDYVILLAN November 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm . Reply

      Christmas party on the horizon GET IT DOWN YER.

      1. Hitchens 60 November 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm . Reply

        Does it include polishing the boardroom table? Wink, wink 🙂

  4. Bill Pearson November 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm . Reply

    Hitch, don’t mention table ,I know a bloke that does the flemingo on polished tables.????

    1. Hitchens 60 November 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm . Reply

      Bill – the mind boggles – best not to think about it!!!!!!

  5. Bill Pearson November 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm . Reply

    Giddy did a flemingo dance in a bar and fell off the table cracked 3 ribs. Didn’t we mate.

    1. GIDDYVILLAN November 27, 2015 at 4:40 am . Reply

      😀

  6. pat57 November 26, 2015 at 11:53 pm . Reply

    Don’t accept the excuses. Yes he’s only 20 but he’s the one who wants to be a professional footballer yet he hasn’t seemed to have understood the meaning of the word ‘professional’.

    Let him go on as many binges as he likes so long as it’s not using the hard earned cash of Villa supporters who are funding it.

    The words ‘arse’ and ‘hard kick’ seem to apply here.

  7. BWS November 27, 2015 at 8:25 am . Reply

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of his antics it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back, if he can now show he has the strength of character and desire to become a top player and fulfil his potential.
    On reflection it does appear to show there’s been a lack of discipline at the club under Sherwood, Lambert and going back even further.
    Reports of Gabby (allegedly) having numerous rucks with the training staff at BMH, plus the rumours of the alleged antics of PL’s backroom staff ( the white powder and boardroom thing) and as far back as 2012 there was the incident in broad Street involving Chris Herd, James Collins and Fabian Delph.
    Something’s obviously wrong with the culture at the club and perhaps Garde’s now seen it first hand and is left with no other option than to come down like a ton of bricks in order to restore some order to the club?

  8. andrew November 27, 2015 at 6:25 pm . Reply

    as much as grealish is at fault but so is garde. either everyone comes back on the coach or no one does. sorry but as a manager you have to set the standards and let everyone know your in a team so when we turn up together you leave together

    1. GIDDYVILLAN November 27, 2015 at 6:43 pm . Reply

      I’m sure the players have got the message now.

      1. Bill Pearson November 27, 2015 at 7:02 pm . Reply

        It’s started, Garde dug his heels in, cause players are knee trembling now ,what we got was the fault of inexperience players, to many overseas players and a manager like a bull in a China shop.as I’m now thinking, tomorrow will tell.

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