Is Ravel Morrison about to get the boot from Birmingham?
Former Manchester United starlet's career is 'on the verge of rock bottom'
ASHLEY COLE appears to have salvaged his England career by apologising to the FA for branding them 'twats' on Twitter, and his spell at the top of the football naughty-step may be shortlived. For despite the best efforts of Cole, John Terry and other notables like Mario Balotelli, it is the behaviour of former Manchester United youngster Ravel Morrison that continues to stand out.
The talented midfielder's career is now "on the verge of hitting rock bottom" according to the Mirror, which claims that his attitude is so bad that current club Birmingham City want to get rid of him, weeks after they agreed to take him on a season long loan from West Ham.
"Morrison’s behaviour is also believed to have infuriated senior members of Birmingham's squad," adds The Daily Telegraph.
The 19-year-old is a product of the Manchester United youth system and was widely regarded as the most naturally gifted player to come through the ranks at Old Trafford since Paul Scholes in the early 1990s.
But despite his considerable promise Morrison caused so many problems off the pitch that Alex Ferguson decided to wash his hands of the player in January and sold him to West Ham for £1.4m. At the time he had made just three appearances for United, all of them as a substitute in Carling Cup matches.
While on the books at Old Trafford he was cautioned for assaulting his mother, was fined by a court for throwing his girlfriend's mobile phone out of a window during a row, and it is widely believed that United helped keep him out of prison in early 2011 when he admitted two counts of witness intimidation.
Soon after joining West Ham he was in trouble for posting a homophobic tweet and, after just one appearance for West Ham as a substitute, Sam Allardyce decided to farm him out on loan to gain first team experience.
However, the teenager has played only one for Birmingham, bringing his total career appearances to five, before he was dropped from the sqaud. Now it seems the Blues are anxious to get rid of him, although it is unclear whether West Ham will take him back before the end of the season.
"[Birmingham manager, Lee] Clark is understood to have held a series of meetings with Morrison in a bid to get the youngster onside but despite Birmingham’s run of three defeats in the last four games has still not called on him," reports the Telegraph, which warns "Morrison is facing the grim prospect of his career going up in a puff of smoke".
Morrison, though, seems unconcerned. He used Twitter to brand the story as "lies" and this morning wrote: "Ignore the stuff in the paper about me its NOT one bit true."