By Richard Parks
Chris Coleman has revealed that Aston Villa striker Lewis Grabban quit Sunderland in January without even letting him know.
The Black Cats boss explained that Grabban took advantage of a clause in his season-long loan deal with the club to rip up his contract in the winter window.
Days later, the forward, 30, completed a deadline-day move to Villa on loan for the remainder of the campaign from parent club Bournemouth.
Coleman has explained ahead of the clash between Sunderland and Steve Bruce’s play-off hopefuls at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night how Grabban abruptly quit the first of his two loan clubs this season.
“Lewis Grabban didn’t tell me he wanted to leave,” said Coleman on Monday, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie. “He cancelled his accommodation and then told the Chief Executive. He had a clause in his loan, so we knew what was going to happen.”
Chris Coleman: “Lewis Grabban didn’t tell me he wanted to leave. He cancelled his accommodation and then told the Chief Executive. He had a clause in his loan, so we knew what was going to happen.” Grabban returns to Sunderland with Villa tomorrow night. #SAFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) March 5, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
Player power gone mad or a tale that is symptomatic of modern football, where loyalties and allegiances are worth as much as the next big pay day. To Grabban’s credit, he delivered the goods during his half-season at Sunderland, with 12 goals in 19 matches for a team propping up the division. But it is poor conduct to abruptly quit without even having the decency to let his manager know. It is difficult to know if this says more about Grabban, or the relationship Coleman had with him during the two months they worked together. Villa fans should be aware that the front man is hardly going to stick around if they don’t go up this season, although they will forgive him for that if he extends his scoring run against his former club on Tuesday.
In other Aston Villa news, it is done deal time as a mainstay of Steve Bruce’s side agrees terms with Premier League club.