FanCast guest columnist Simon Paterson wasn't
surprised to hear of yet more petulance from Nigel Reo-Coker.
If throwing a temper tantrum on being substituted
isn't bad enough, then wrestling with your manager on the training ground is
quite another and I will be amazed if O'Neill or the fans in general, would
allow Reo-Coker to don a Villa shirt again. The guy is a disgrace, although it
comes as no surprise to a West Ham fan.
I haven't seen much of Reo-Coker, or in truth paid a
great deal of attention about how he has been performing since he moved to
Villa Park, but hearing of his petulance and this reported training ground dust
up brought back memories of a player, who's biggest problem is that he is so
full of his own self importance and thinks he is a damn sight better than he
actually is. During his time at West Ham, when we were really struggling and
needed that inspirational captain to lead from the front, we had a player who
was still sulking that he didn't get a summer move that he wanted. The fans
turned on him, booed him for a period and needless to say he was off the
following summer. I don't condone supporters turning on players, especially as
it is totally counterproductive, but when exposed to a complete lack of
professionalism then it is hard not to.
I took a look at some Villa blogs in the wake of his
tantrum at St Andrews and many felt it was positive to see a player upset about
being taken off. I never buy into that theory as for me it not only represents
a great disrespect for the manager, his teammates and the player that replaces
him. The team should always be the most important thing, before any personal
gain and Reo-Coker let everyone down with his actions. It appears with this
training ground dust up that this runs a little deeper, than just a fall-out from
the Birmingham game.
We will wait and see as to what O'Neill does next in
response, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has played his last game for Villa.
One day this player will realise that a whole football team doesn't revolve
around him and he will actually roll his sleeves up and start fighting for the
shirt and for the supporters who contribute handsomely to his pay pack every
given week. I am sure they'll let him know in no uncertain terms what they
think of his actions and total lack of respect he has shown not only his
manager, but the club in general.