Former Irish international rips into Villa's Remi Garde over Jack Grealish treatment

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Darren O'Dea is not impressed with Remi Garde's decision over Jack Grealish.

Remi Garde has taken the decision to axe Jack Grealish from Aston Villa's squad to face Watford this weekend.

The BBC reported the news, taken after photos in The Mail emerged of the youngster out partying, hours after the club had been thrashed 4-0 by Everton.

Garde said of the 20-year-old: "You have to behave as a professional and it was not the case this time for Jack.

"He will not play with us which is already a big punishment for a player. Now we will see the next step."

It is not the first time Grealish has courted controversy off the field, with The Mail one of many newspapers in June to publish pictures of him passed out in the street in Ibiza.

Garde's decision to come down hard on the youngster has not pleased everybody.

Former Ireland international Darren O'Dea, previously of Celtic and Leeds United, took to Twitter to blast Garde for his dealing of the situation.

O'Dea's opinion is just that, his own perspective as an ex-player, but managers may well come down on the side of the Villa boss.

Having only just arrived at the club, who are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League and looking to avoid relegation, he will want to lay down the law to the rest of his players.

Villa needs results on the field, and Garde hopes by his tough stance over Grealish it will not only bring added focus from the player, but there will be no similar situations with other players.

If he does not address it now he risks being seen as a soft touch by the squad, at a time they really need him to be a leader.

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