Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 28 2008
More on the John Carew situation... hopefully this will be the end of it now that he's been fined and reprimanded. Vital Villa asked, If the reports are true, should Carew be dropped v Wigan?
I must stress the IF used in both my article - which got a great reaction and some very surprising (to me) support for a player who had stepped well out of line - and this poll!
54% voted 'I trust MON to do the right thing' and it appears he has having reprimanded him, fined him and warned him not to do it again.
30% didn't want JC dropped, although in reality he was dropped to the bench - only to come on and set one up and score one. So those tactics worked nicely for MON.
8% wanted the hard line taken saying he should be dropped full stop after not being fit to play v Ajax. A further 7% said he should be dropped for the Wigan game. That left just 1% unsure.
One person who isn't unsure now is John Carew after Martin O'Neill served him a volley.
The Villa boss explained after JC came on to score: 'John very popular with the crowd and he regained his popularity with me when he headed that one into the net.' In fact the fans at Wigan were singing 'get your tits out for Carew' when he scored, which was funny! Unfortunately my 'John Carew Carew, he's more tired than me and you, he stays out til 1 or 2, John Carew Carew' didn't catch on! :o)
MON continued: 'It wasn’t the brightest thing to be doing. I think he did possibly feel he wasn’t going to be playing the game (Ajax) but he hadn’t been told beforehand. He should have been concentrating on it. It has been dealt with. He assures me it won’t happen again.' Adding: 'John has been disciplined he breached the rules of discipline. John thinks there is mitigating circumstances and I am always prepared to listen. I listened to what John was saying and then I made a decision that he was wrong.' I do love that quote, typical manager speak. I listened to the player, then decided I was right and he was wrong! Very Brian Cloughie that !
MON says the situation is now put to bed 'It is not a problem, he has been fined and that is the end of the issue. It is a large oversight on his part so consequently he has been fined. Most of the players were saying it should be doubled but John assures me I won’t happen again so I will believe him. He has been fined pretty heavily. There is no point me going in to it, it has been dealt with. You always listen to someone if they feel there are mitigating circumstances.'
O'Neill also said he wishes he was that age again, 'I used to do it myself, well not in a ‘lapclub’, I wanted to but there were no such things in my day! I wish there were.'
Aston Villa captain Martin Laursen also says he doesn't think Carew will repeat the mistake.
Laursen said: 'He should not take one step inside that club because that was wrong and not what we do the day before a game. I was surprised he behaved like that, but I think he has realised that and I don't think he will ever do it again. I don't think he was there after midnight from what he has said. But he knew that he should have been with us at the hotel.' Adding, 'We have laughed a bit about it and John was immense in the Wigan game, so it is behind him now. It's nothing to do with his dedication to Aston Villa. He is a very serious footballer and he wants to do well. We don't want to be without him - not at all. He is so important to us. When he didn't play, the fans were singing for him. They love him and he is forgiven.'
Meanwhile Stiliyan Petrov joked 'We all motivate ourselves in different ways and maybe that is his way - he should go lap-dancing more often. Whatever John is doing, it seems to be working for him! We all motivate ourselves in different ways. Maybe that is his way!' What he seems to have missed is that incident stopped him playing for Villa v Ajax, a CRUCIAL game in our fixture list!
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