Nightclub saga sees Jack Grealish banished to Villa U-21s
Remi Garde banished Jack Grealish to the Aston Villa U-21s yesterday, while the manager is facing the first battle of his reign over plans to appoint Steve Round as his No 2.
Garde told Grealish to train with the development squad after footage emerged of the 20-year-old in a Manchester nightclub hours after the 4-0 defeat at Everton last Saturday.
Grealish was also alleged to have partied at a Birmingham hotel the following day and Garde has taken immediate action by ordering him to the U-21s.
Villa are unlikely to fine the former Ireland U-21 as the latest controversy happened after the game but there's understood to be anger and frustration at its timing, with the club struggling.
Grealish's place in the squad for this Saturday's home game against Watford is under threat and it remains to be seen whether Garde will reintegrate him with the first team in the coming days.
It is the latest uncomfortable experience for the academy product, who was pictured apparently passed out on the street while on holiday in Tenerife in the summer. He was fined for that. Earlier this year a tabloid newspaper published a picture of him appearing to inhale nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, from a balloon.
Garde sent out a warning to Grealish last week after insisting there were no selection guarantees unless he worked hard on the training ground.
Last season he emerged as one of the Premier League's most highly-rated young talents after a stunning display in the FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool. He was also played regularly by Garde's predecessor, Tim Sherwood, and has since chosen to pursue his international career with his native England.