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Sutton To End Career In Style

Martin O'Neill has explained that Chris Sutton didn't want his glittering career to just fizzle out having left Small Heath following their relegation.

'Chris was definitely thinking about not playing anymore, but he didn't want to leave the football scene the way he did. That was as big a motivation for him as anything. He didn't want being injured and relegated from the Premiership to be his swansong as a footballer.'

'Chris is a really talented player and intelligent player. We won't have him for an eternity but he will be good for us. I would have no set plans. What happens in the future is entirely up to how well Chris plays and how he feels. It is an open thing. But even now, if he felt he wasn't contributing, he would leave.'

He also says that Sutton takes his time to get to know players but when he does, he is a big influence on and off the field 'Sutton was a major player in the dressing room as well as on the field at Celtic. But he did not step in and be funny overnight. It will take the players a wee while to get used to Chris's ways but he will not be a malevolent influence on these players. Absolutely not.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 20 2006

Time: 4:12PM

Your Comments

certainly a fizzle going to small heath, now he can go out with a mighty roar!
The Fear
well done so far to sutton...and on a side note well done to the whole setup at villa from the board down...they all show a passion and all WANT to do the best for the club name,colours and the fans.so nice to see the passion again.
JASON
And what a memorable way to end a glittering career. Be part of a squad that see's Birmingham City relegated from the premiership, followed by being a valued member of an Aston Villa squad ready to launch a renewed assault on European football. Best of both worlds, eh Chris?
glensider
great chance for him and good for villa as well he will bring a lot to the club......
ernshaw
Key is of course keeping him injury free. Do that, and we have a valuable player on our hands.
glensider
 

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