McLeish - Bannan's harsh lesson

Aston Villa boss hopes player has realised his mistake

Alex McLeish: Aston Villa will have Barry Bannan in his squad for Swansea clash

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish hopes that midfielder Barry Bannan has learned a harsh lesson after being banned from driving for 18 months.

Bannan pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Friday to drink-driving and three other offences, and was also fined £4,500.

Villa plan to issue a statement on Bannan on Friday afternoon, but McLeish made his feelings known ahead of Sunday's Premier League away game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

"From the outset we showed a tough stance on it (suspending Bannan) when we found out Barry had got into a little bit of trouble," he said.

Harsh lesson

"We now have the verdict and the wee man has got to get on with his life and his football career.

"Hopefully this is a harsh lesson for him and it is also a warning to other players at the club, and the young players especially, in terms of growing up and trying to be a professional footballer.

"Footballers are seen as role models. He has had a real shock, he has shown contrition, he is very ashamed of what happened.

"I'm certain we will see a different Barry Bannan in the coming months or years."

However, McLeish confirmed that Scotland international Bannan will be in contention for a place against the Swans.

The 21-year-old was initially left out of the squad against Sunderland while the club conducted an internal inquiry and also did not feature against Norwich City, although he was available for selection.

What will be the outcome in the match Swansea vs Aston Villa?

  • Swansea
  • Draw
  • Aston Villa