Collymore continued treatment (10 Mar)
Stan Collymore, Aston Villa's troubled striker, is to continue medical treatment in a psychiatric
 hospital which could put his long-term playing future in doubt. 

 Meanwhile, he will continue to receive treatment three days a week and train two days although his doctors have indicated they would prefer him to spend the full week in hospital. 

 John Gregory, Aston Villa's manager, has had another lengthy talk with Collymore to discuss the
 immediate implications of the player's hospitalisation. 

 Gregory, in a detailed disclosure of the problems facing Villa, himself and Gregory stated: ``We
 were both able to put over our points of view. Stan was able to make me aware of what it is like
 to suffer a clinical depression. 

 ``For me it was being able to tell him how vital it was to have players raring to go and to give
 everything they've got on the field every Saturday afternoon. 

 ``There are also the problems I face with Stan being unavailable to me for three days a week. 

 ``We made one or two points to each other as I'm totally ignorant of the fact of what is clinical
 depression and what it is to suffer from this complaint. Unfortunately we've no idea how long it will

 ``I'm willing to go along with the present situation for the time being but I said three months ago it
 will be me who has to take all the blame for him not being able to cope with this problem. 

 ``I wouldn't wish the situation on any other manager and Stan himself wouldn't wish his problem on anyone else.'' 

 Gregory revealed Collymore has no control over his moods, but said the player appreciates his
 problems as a manager. 

 ``He has been very articulate in the way he has described his daily problems when he has no
 control over his moods,'' said the Villa boss. 

 ``His doctors have told him what happens to people when they suffer this particular problem. He
 can put himself in these kinds of situations. 

 ``I am now slightly more understanding of his condition and problems which he has seemingly had
 for a very long time. 

 ``He understands the chairman and board have paid a lot of money for him and that as a manger I
 would like to select the best team that will win every week. 

 ``Stan has made it plain to me that he doesn't want to play for any other club but Aston Villa and is  totally committed to Villa and do his best for the club. 

 ``But as a football manager I have to produce a winning team. My whole life revolves around
 sending out a winning side. If the components are not right then you don't have a winning team. 

 ``If Stan Collymore is in the side he must be performing particularly well in every game he plays as
 in the Premiership we cannot afford to carry any passengers. 

 ``Currently he is visiting a psychiatric hospital three days a week, it's not a very nice place to be
 and it's not from choice. 

 ``But I can't come to terms with the situation looking at his life and circumstances. I am however
 prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. 

 ``There has to be a decision somewhere down the line where he attempts to be with us more

 ``He himself wants to get well and that means more to him than a football match. He has tried
 everything to overcome these feelings he has had and he can't at the present time. 

 ``He can get up and not know how he feels. Some days he could climb Everest and other days he
 can't climb out of bed. 

 ``But it all seems to be a waste of talent. I've often sat there watching him play wishing I had been
 blessed with such talent. I've told him many times that he should do better for himself. 

 ``His best game for me was probably his first when he scored two goals. That was his standard
 which he has since failed to reproduce. 

 ``We now know a little more about him but I couldn't cheer him up even after that game when he
 had scored two match-winning goals against his old club Liverpool. 

 ``He went off to a standing ovation yet in the dressing room he was depressed, giving an early
 indication of the highs and lows he suffers. 

 ``Unfortunately his mind is totally negative as he always sees the downside of any situation.'' 

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