Sherwood warns 'ashamed' Grealish about behaviour after laughing gas furore
Tim Sherwood has told Jack Grealish to understand his responsibilities as a footballer and be careful about who he trusts after he became the latest player to be caught inhaling nitrous oxide.
Grealish has made the headlines this week due to the debate over his international future after his excellent display for Aston Villa at Wembley. But he also attracted unwanted attention following the publication of a six-month-old picture in which the 19-year-old was captured taking the legal high, known as 'laughing gas' from a balloon. Sherwood spoke with Grealish yesterday and received assurances that it wouldn't happen again.
"I spoke to Jack first thing and I explained to him that his behaviour can't be tolerated by the football club, we can't condone that behaviour," said Sherwood. "Perhaps a year ago, when the photo was taken, no one wanted to know Jack Grealish, but now he realises people have taken an awful lot of notice.
"He is now in a responsible position as a professional footballer, he's got to make sure it won't happen again, he's assured me it won't. Jack was very ashamed and does not like the bad publicity."
Like Raheem Sterling at Liverpool, Grealish has avoided sanction for his actions and his boss has no concerns about his attitude. "To be honest, there is only one form of discipline, that's self-discipline, that's what matters. Jack has to take that on board now. This is an eye-opener for him, he has to realise he has to be very careful who he can trust out there."
Meanwhile, Grealish's Villa colleague Ciaran Clark is set to miss the FA Cup final after being ruled out for the rest of the season with medial ligament damage.
"It's a real blow for Ciaran but that's the nature of the game," said Sherwood. "He puts his body on the line and we'll see him next season."