| 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
Gregory, in a detailed disclosure of the problems facing Villa,
himself and Gregory stated: ``We
``For me it was being able to tell him how vital it was to have
players raring to go and to give
``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
``I'm willing to go along with the present situation for the
time being but I said three months ago it
``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
``He has been very articulate in the way he has described his
daily problems when he has no
``His doctors have told him what happens to people when they
suffer this particular problem. He
``I am now slightly more understanding of his condition and problems
which he has seemingly had
``He understands the chairman and board have paid a lot of money
for him and that as a manger I
``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
``If Stan Collymore is in the side he must be performing particularly
well in every game he plays as
``Currently he is visiting a psychiatric hospital three days
a week, it's not a very nice place to be
``But I can't come to terms with the situation looking at his
life and circumstances. I am however
``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
``He can get up and not know how he feels. Some days he could
climb Everest and other days he
``But it all seems to be a waste of talent. I've often sat there
watching him play wishing I had been
``His best game for me was probably his first when he scored
two goals. That was his standard
``We now know a little more about him but I couldn't cheer him
up even after that game when he
``He went off to a standing ovation yet in the dressing room
he was depressed, giving an early
``Unfortunately his mind is totally negative as he always sees the downside of any situation.''