Collymore action plan to hit McCormack where it hurts after Aston Villa farce
By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has hit out at the behaviour of Ross McCormack following the farce regarding his no-show to Aston Villa training.
Steve Bruce revealed over the weekend that the striker failed to turn up to training last week because his house gates were faulty.
The promotion expert slammed the club’s £12million summer signing by also criticising his attitude and fitness.
As a result, Collymore has suggested a plan should be put in place by the FA where players like McCormack and wantaway West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet, should not be paid for “downing tools”.
Here is former Premier League forward Collymore revealing the plan to hit McCormack where it hurts:
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“The time has come for the FA to step up and make their rules relevant to 2017 to stop a Dimitri Payet or Ross McCormack situation happening again,” Collymore wrote in his column for the Mirror.
“Fifteen or 20 years ago if you wanted to leave a club you had to submit a transfer request and go on the transfer list.
“But that has now given way to a new phenomenon of players throwing in sickies or coming up with excuses like McCormack’s that he couldn’t open the gates outside his house to get out.
“Now, because of how players and agents are trying to get out of being punished, downing tools needs to be addressed and the FA needs to modify its rules to give clubs emergency permission to stop a player’s wages until a resolution is found.”
McCormack has struggled in a Villa shirt this season since making his record-breaking summer move from Championship rivals Fulham.
The Scotsman has scored only three goals this term, his last goal came aginst relegation strugglers Burton in December.
McCormack has not been the only one who has come under criticism for his behaviour in recent weeks.
Payet is currently training away from the senior squad after manager Slaven Bilic revealed earlier this month that he wants to leave the Premier League club.
The Frenchman has stated that he wants to move back to his homeland and former club Marseille as he has also felt the wrath of supporters for his actions.
In other Aston Villa news, two medicals have been set for Monday as the club are set for a £5million transfer blitz.