So Allardyce spat out his dummy after the thumping at the Emirates and insisted that the players show up the following morning at seven o'clock for a dress down. How stupid.
What exactly was going to be achieved by that, other than breeding resentment? We were trounced by a better team, fired up by Allardyce's own stupid pre match comments. If Allardyce wants to blame somebody at that time of the morning, he should simply look in his bathroom mirror. Perhaps he could use his wife's lipstick to write the words "Stupid Cnut" on the glass before looking.
Some of us have been saying that a new left back was a priority since the end of last season, but Allardyce has ignored this obvious Achiles heel. Even now we are being linked with Warnock, a player not good enough for Villa's defence!
We got what was coming to us in midweek. The writing was on the wall when Sunderland tore us apart and the improved performance against Man Utd, using three centre backs and two young full backs was ignored. Nobody's fault except Allardyce.
So Diame turned up late. So what? Wouldn't you if you wanted to provoke a showdown ahead of demanding a transfer to Arsenal?