By Amir Mir
Former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has said he would have “sorted out” Jack Grealish following his latest off-the-field controversy.
Midfielder Grealish is expected to return for his side for their trip on Barnsley on Tuesday night, following a club suspension over an alleged all-night party after the stalemate with Ipswich.
The 21-year-old choose to represent England over Republic of Ireland last season, with the current ROI boss O’Neill stating he would have dealt with the youngster had he been in charge of him.
“I would have been delighted to have taken him on, but he chose elsewhere,” O’Neill told the Irish Sun. “Would I straighten him out? There’s a fairly decent chance I would have done. A fairly decent chance.
“I’ve been able to do it with a few players during my time. I certainly would have been able to sort him out at club level because I’d have been working with him every day.”
O’Neill managed Villa from 2005 to 2010, where he guided the Midlands club to three consecutive top six finishes.
Grealish would have been just ten-years-old when O’Neill took the reigns at Villa Park, with the club’s academy gradate making seven appearances in the Champions this term.
The England-under 21 international has scored two goals and provided one assist, as Roberto Di Matteo’s side travel to south-Yorkshire to take on Barnsley on Tuesday night.
In other Aston Villa team news, owner Tony Xia responds on Twitter to Di Matteo axe claims.