Ex-Aston Villa chief Keith Wyness calls on Leeds United to be punished over Derby County spy drama
The ex-CEO, who left the club last summer, was reacting to the spy-row which dominated the reporting of the 2-0 victory at Elland Road.
It emerged in the build up that a Leeds employ had been spotted watching Derby train the day before the clash. The police were called, no arrests were made but the Football Association are investigating.
And Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa took responsibility for the controversy and before kick-off said: “It’s true there was someone from Leeds United. The responsibility for this lies with me. I’m responsible.”
Derby boss Frank Lampard was clearly angered by the tactic.
“For me, it’s not right,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “I’m a big fan from afar of Bielsa, I’ve got his book at home in my front room, but that’s slightly clouded it for me today.
“I’ve never heard of going to a training ground on your hands and knees with pliers trying to break into private land to watch.
“But I don’t attribute our performance to it because that’s on us.”
And Wyness, who spent a couple of years at Villa Park, agrees and suggested Leeds must be docked points.
Dean Smith has reiterated the importance of having Aston Villa having the option of making loan deals permanent, following the capture of Kortney Hause.
The defender arrived on loan this week from nearby Wolverhampton Wanderers and will remain at Villa Park for the remainder of the season.
Should all things run smoothly, and all parties be in agreement, then the claret and blues will have first refusal on the signature of Hause in the summer.
It was a clause Smith insisted on, having arrived at the club in October and key squad members Axel Tuanzebe, Yannick Bolasie, Tammy Abraham and Anwar El Ghazi all on loan deals.
Marco Silva has cooled speculation that Everton midfielder James McCarthy might leave the club on loan this month.
Irishman McCarthy had been tipped to leave Goodison Park for the remainder of the season, with the potential of building up his match fitness after a significant period of time on the sidelines.
The midfielder played only six matches last season before being ruled out the remainder of the campaign when an unfortunate collision with West Brom forward Salomon Rondon resulted in a double leg break, in a match where the Toffees and the Baggies shared the points in January.