Jores Okore should be sacked by Aston Villa, blasts Paul Merson

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The player has refused to play for the club according to Eric Black.

Aston Villa should be allowed to sack Jores Okore, Paul Merson has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12pm on April 23.

The Danish defender has managed just 12 appearances in his side’s dire campaign so far as they have slid into the Championship.

He seems unlikely to play for the club again either, with caretaker manager Eric Black this week revealing that he refused to sit on the bench for the game against Bournemouth on April 9.

Indeed, it seems the player is unlikely to feature again this season and Merson believes that attitude should see him sacked by the club.

“The lad who’s saying he wouldn’t be on the bench, shouldn’t play football, he should be sacked,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“That is the most sickening thing I’ve ever heard. It’s unbelievable. I didn’t even know who he was when I heard it. They should be able to release him.

“You can’t be doing that, he’s a professional footballer. Fair play to Eric Black for putting him in it, he’s nailed him and rightly so.”

Given his attitude towards the situation, it seems Okore will likely be one of those the club looks to sell in the summer.

A mass exodus is expected from Villa Park following their relegation as the club seeks to clear the decks and significantly reduce the wage bill for the Championship.

Whether they will be able to sell him and several of his teammates remains to be seen though, with clubs unlikely to be desperate to buy given their performances this season.

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