Millwall must wield the axe on Bouazza

© Edmund Boyden

HAMER Bouazza's outburst in the Algerian press has undermined his manager and disrespected his teammates.

And for those reasons he should never play for Millwall again.

Debating whether or not the 27-year-old has any genuine grounds for complaint is irrelevant procrastination. The club is in the middle of a relegation battle, and does not need off-the-field distractions to be dealing with. Of any kind.



His interview with Compétition, an Algerian daily football newspaper, was a shameless act of self-indulgence. No good was ever going to come of it.

In fact, it is possible he would have garnered at least some respect had he spoken to a local newspaper and not a media outlet based over 1,500 miles away.

If he was hell-bent on going public with his grievances, he could have at least had the courage to speak-out closer to the source of the problem.



Instead, news of his displeasure filtered through from abroad, and it is possible some of his words were lost in translation, or perhaps taken out of context.

Fans immediately questioned the validity of the quotes attributed to Bouazza, who as a result of this scepticism lost a significant amount of the impact he was surely intending to have.

But his meaning was crystal clear, even if his exact phrasing was not.

He can play for Millwall with his eyes closed. He has nothing to envy within the rest of the squad. These are the opinions of a self-centred, arrogant prima donna who is in serious need of a reality check. And I sincerely hope Kenny Jackett gives him exactly that upon his return from international duty.

But for me, the most astonishing claim made by Bouazza is that he remains a fully-committed "professional".

From that statement alone, I think it's clear that Bouazza is as deluded as we were in thinking his well-documented character issues of the past had been resolved.

Staff

(@NewsAtDen)

11 thoughts on “Millwall must wield the axe on Bouazza

  • February 28, 2012 at 16:18
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    So, alex, Bouzza, who I haven't been very impressed with (sweet free kicks and corners, rarely takes on players or puts his foot in), is what? Just another self-inflated, egotistical, overpaid, self-overrated player ... or another example of Kenny jackett's failure to handle players? That list is growing long this season...

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  • February 28, 2012 at 16:31
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    And yet for all these rumoured bust-ups, this is the only one to come to light. Bouazza is under contract to Millwall FC and bringing an internal dispute to light in the press is extremely damaging + embarrassing.

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  • March 6, 2012 at 00:27
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    Would you being saying the same if it was Trotter, Henderson or Wright

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  • March 7, 2012 at 15:37
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    Jackett took a much more measured approach and it has payed dividends, improved performances and a goal as well.

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  • March 14, 2012 at 13:52
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    he is a arrogant so and so and is not a team player. James Henry and Liam Feeney on the wings for me thank you!!

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    • March 14, 2012 at 23:49
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      he is a arrogant so and so and is not a team player. James Henry and Liam Feeney on the wings for me thank you!!

      isnt that exactly what James Henry has been for 95% of this season

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      • March 15, 2012 at 12:47
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        Henry hasn't been playing as much. I think his assist record speaks for it self. And he can score, yes bouzza scored saturday. It wasnt clinical i say very lucky! shut his eyes and hoped!

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