By Matt Farr

A Southend-based security company have delivered a hilarious response to Ross McCormack’s ongoing controversy at Aston Villa.

The 30-year-old striker has fallen out-of-favour at the club, with manager Steve Bruce publicly shaming him for missing several training sessions last week.

McCormack claimed that the electric gates at his house would not open, an excuse that did not elicit any sympathy from Bruce.

The Villa boss took the opportunity to slam the Scotland international’s attitude, and demoted him to the Under-23 side.

Now, Blake Fire and Security have seized on the opportunity to take a sly dig at the player and get some free PR, posting a hilarious response to the controversy on their company’s official website.

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Firstly, access control manager Mat Finch debunked McCormack’s excuse.

“Well, when they [electric gates] get stuck it’s straightforward to open them. You need to operate the override and manually open the gates. Drive through, close the gates and call your maintenance contractor.”

He then gave McCormack some long-term advice.

“Electric gates need regular maintenance. Like any machine that’s used on a daily basis, wear and tear is an issue. Mr McCormack should have invested in a maintenance contract, it’s a lot cheaper than the fine he’ll get.”

The long-term future of the striker remains up in the air, with Fulham reportedly having considered a move to bring him back to Craven Cottage.

Fulham sold him to Villa for £12million just six months ago, but were forced to retract their interest last week after the players threatened to revolt.

Several other Championship clubs are believed to have made enquiries for his services.

In other Aston Villa news, club favourite George Boateng has urged this midfielder to quit the club this month and join Middlesbrough.

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