What’s going on with Ross McCormack?

Whatever your view point about our striker, there’s no denying that he’s proved a total dud this season.
Signed as a prolific Championship striker, who has scored a boatload of goals and has a fair few assists in his career, he looked a very decent, albeit a very expensive signing at around £12 million.

But it just hasn’t worked out at all, has it?
Hence it looks a total disaster when you consider the word is Bruce quite simply wants rid of him and will have to take a whopping loss.

I mentioned the specific reason that was being touted as the cause of his head not being “right” in the comments at the time of “Gategate” and out of respect, I’m not going to repeat it.
But suffice to say, it’s a situation very many of us will have been in, myself included.
And it’s quite simply one you have to get your head around as quickly as possible, if you don’t want it to totally mess you up.

It would seem that Ross is finding things particularly difficult though and I know that the latest word is that he has got severe cysts in his mouth.

I don’t quite believe it though and it smacks 100% of a PR game, that’s trying to cover things up.
If his cysts were the reason he won’t be playing again this season, after having had weeks off already, why not just say so, before the word got out that he hasn’t turned up for training in the last three weeks?

This is all a load of pony, in my opinion.

It’s interesting to note that cysts in the mouth are sometimes caused by heavy spirits drinking.
Not that I’m suggesting that that’s the cause in Ross’s case.

But while I somewhat sympathise with what’s going on, let’s not forget he’s being paid £50k a week.
Perhaps he forgoes that at the moment, I don’t know.
But if he’s still getting it, he needs to get things sorted.


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  1. badger123
    badger123 April 21, 2017 at 9:18 am . Reply

    RIP Ugo Ehiogu.
    I’m shocked 🙁

  2. Bum Bum
    Bum Bum April 21, 2017 at 10:10 am . Reply

    Yeah. Ugo was great and we should have kept hold of him. Sad day. RIP big fella.

  3. originallondonlion
    originallondonlion April 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm . Reply

    Only 44. A great shock, good player for Villa, we don’t have many of his ability today RIP UGO.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 21, 2017 at 6:53 pm . Reply

      I remember watching him when he just broke into the first team and couldn’t believe the size of him neither could others around me. He was the start of a new generation of big powerful, strong athletic players. Good player him and Southgate arguably the best partnership we have had in modern times. Can’t believe he’s gone. Rip

  4. Domingo
    Domingo April 21, 2017 at 12:39 pm . Reply

    rip Ugo , im shocked to hear this news .

  5. Rocky1
    Rocky1 April 21, 2017 at 1:06 pm . Reply

    RIP Ugo what very sad news at such a young age, I am gutted to hear this about another former Villa Legend.
    Holte Enders in the Sky will be there for you BIG Man.

  6. Dave67
    Dave67 April 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm . Reply

    Shocked I just checked into the site and read your comments RIP Big man.

  7. giddyvillan
    giddyvillan April 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm . Reply

    R. I. P EUGO very sad

    1. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 April 22, 2017 at 6:56 am . Reply

      Hi Giddy; missed your post yesterday – bit hectic. Great if you and Bill starting posting again.

  8. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson April 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm . Reply

    I had the privilege to have met Ugo, he was a quiet man and always smiling, A big shock to us all, rest in peace big man.

  9. Hitchens 60
    Hitchens 60 April 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm . Reply

    Hi Bill, nice to see you back. Great shock to hear of Ugo’s passing at such a young age – losing too many too soon RIP

  10. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson April 21, 2017 at 6:19 pm . Reply

    Hi Hitch, not back really had to pop in with my respect to Ugo, nothing to do with genuine posters its down to an idiot with hate of a manager that’s had to work with what he inherited, i think he doesn’t even live in this country.

    1. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm . Reply

      Where have you been

    2. Hitchens 60
      Hitchens 60 April 22, 2017 at 6:53 am . Reply

      I know what you mean Bill – learnt to ignore it.

  11. badger123
    badger123 April 21, 2017 at 7:51 pm . Reply

    Blimey, Bill and Giddy, I was wondering where you pair were.
    Look, just because you don’t agree with that person, doesn’t mean you should stop posting.
    At the end of the day, the site isn’t supposed to be about everyone agreeing.

    To be honest, I look around all the Villa sites and it seems there’s a sizeable minority that don’t think Bruce is the answer, mainly because of the footy, so critics on here are not alone.
    I’m the same as you pair, in that I try to stay positive and think Bruce deserves a decent chance.
    But I can guarantee you one thing. He will be sacked eventually, for whatever reason.

    The point is we miss your positivity and posts.
    All imo 🙂

    1. giddyvillan
      giddyvillan April 22, 2017 at 7:54 am . Reply

      I’m fully behind Bruce getting us out this division after that not so sure, what fucks me right off are fans who wanted him to fail from the off purely through hatred. He got us out of the shite this season we were heading for a relegation scrap before he took over, like him hate him he’s done his job for this season so credit where credits due. If we’re in the same position this time next season by all means slate the fucker. When we win it would be nice for certain posters to be pleased with the 3 points instead of picking fucking negatives from the match rant over

      1. badger123
        badger123 April 22, 2017 at 10:13 am . Reply

        I definitely can’t argue with that Giddy 😀.

      2. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 April 22, 2017 at 3:18 pm . Reply

        Spot on Giddy – this subjective negativity from some fans does my head in and, fir the record, I don’t appreciate being called a ‘happy clapper’ just because I try and be balanced in my views.

      3. OohAhPaulMcGrath
        OohAhPaulMcGrath April 22, 2017 at 3:32 pm . Reply

        I think Bruce will take us there or there abouts but we are still miles from top 2 imo. I said at the start of this season we would be midtable and as per normal I was correct. Next season I expect us to build on that but top 8-10 is where I think we will be.

    2. OohAhPaulMcGrath
      OohAhPaulMcGrath April 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm . Reply

      I thought everyone always agreed with me Badger 😄

  12. Ardent Villain
    Ardent Villain April 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm . Reply

    Whatever’s really going on with McCormack, at the moment he’s made himself the laughing stock of the League – and unless he sorts himself out quickly, we’ll be left with another useless £48K /week player next season that we won’t be able to give away…

  13. badger123
    badger123 April 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm . Reply

    Yep, another Gabby in the making.
    And that’s the concern.
    The one redeeming point is that I reckon RM could turn it around, whereas Gabby never will, imo.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain April 21, 2017 at 9:47 pm . Reply

      Not sure whether RM has the discipline – reminds me a bit of Stephen Ireland.

      1. badger123
        badger123 April 21, 2017 at 10:45 pm . Reply

        I don’t know.
        i can’t say I ever heard a problem about him before.
        But then, when we were in the Prem, we weren’t really interested in the lower divisions, were we?

  14. Tekkers48
    Tekkers48 April 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm . Reply

    RIP Ugo. Great player and he seemed a genuinely nice person. Sadly missed by the whole footballing community.

  15. pat57
    pat57 April 22, 2017 at 12:39 am . Reply

    Also like to say RIP another Villa great. Too young at only 44.

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