Whoever took over from Steve Bruce at Villa Park was going to be left with the tough task of sorting out the shambles that has been the Micah Richards situation. Under Bruce, the defender may as well have been a missing person. His last appearance came on the 15th October back in 2016 and his only involvement last season came when he was an unused sub in the Carabao Cup against Boro.
Dean Smith will monitor the fitness of Micah Richards in the coming months but admits he’s still some way off the pace at this stage. [birmingham live] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) October 17, 2018
According to Birmingham Live, Dean Smith is going to monitor the fitness of the 30-year-old but admits that he’s a long way off the pace at the moment, a statement that has left the Villains absolutely fuming. As a professional footballer the fans believe that, at the very least, Richards should have kept himself sharp and fit in his two years and three days since he last played in a professional football match.
Richards, somehow, has won 13 England caps in his time as a player, although the early hype that surrounded him when he broke through at Manchester City has all but gone. The Villa Park faithful would happily have him done for robbery as their club has been paying his wages for the last two years for him to do nothing, not even staying fit, and because of his awful history with the club, the fans are firmly against giving him a chance under Dean Smith.
You can read the livid Villains’ thoughts on Richards here:
I’d like to know why @MicahRichards hasn’t kept himself fit over the last year! What’s he been doing other then boxing ?
— Callum (@Villacallum) October 17, 2018
Certain he will never play football for us again, if he is unfit and not played for ages.
— Gilb (@gilb21utv) October 18, 2018
How can he be off the pace the blokes stole a living of our beloved club for 2 years should at least be fit and ready when called upon
— GT (@gfunkvilla83) 18 October 2018
He has still been getting paid, therefore he should be fit and ready to play. Otherwise what has he been doing to earn his wage?
— Chris Bennett (@kwxtra) October 18, 2018
Still off the pace, the dudes had a 2 year holiday with full pay
— Stuart Hill (@StuartHill25) October 17, 2018
Did he have an injury? Or just fail to keep fit? Sort of disappeared begining of last season
— Z_O_L (@zacholiver0) October 18, 2018
I can't catch my breath. He has been scrounging off our club for years now. In any other job you woukd be sacked for poor performance. I wouldn't give him another chance. He was part of a really negative time at Villa and I'm sorry, its too little too late
— Holly Jennings (@Kermit1986Holly) October 18, 2018
Get rid asap ! #utv been earnings a living under false pretences !
— BobV3 (@BobVee3) October 18, 2018
So what has he been doing for the last 2 yrs under Bruce!!
— Austin walmsley (@austinw1957) October 18, 2018
Don’t care how short we are at the back I don’t ever want to see him in a villa shirt again
— Matt (@Acqulesce_) October 17, 2018
The fans are adamant that they never want to see Richards play for their club again and if he keeps going the way he is, that shouldn’t be a problem for the defender.