O'Connor set for fine but County future not in doubt
6:02am Friday 10th January 2014 in Newport County
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh is expected to fine striker Aaron O’Connor for publicly criticising the club on social networking site Twitter, though the incident won’t impact the striker’s future at Rodney Parade, the Argus can reveal.
O’Connor, who scored 20 times to help the Exiles to promotion last term, is yet to kick a ball this season due to a long-standing groin problem.
However, he still managed to make himself headline news on Wednesday evening when he criticised the clubs’ training methods and seemingly took another swipe at the Exiles’ medical department, prompting anger from fans and even calls for the player to be sacked.
“Lose a couple games and now all of a sudden the injured lads have to be in for 8 hours a day #CosThatsGonnaHelp #Shambles,” he began.
After being given a less than favourable response from certain County fans, he continued: “Apparently it's my fault I'm not fit. Not the guys they sent me to see that gave me the wrong injections for 3 half months #Clueless.”
County, in response, promised an “internal investigation,” into the matter.
O’Connor was summoned to a meeting with Edinburgh and director of football Tim Harris yesterday and Edinburgh confessed he is fed up with social media on the whole.
“I was busy with player recruitment on Thursday morning, so was down at Rodney Parade, but I made Aaron aware we’d be seeing him and speaking with him after training,” he said.
“I am disappointed, we won’t go on about it but it will be dealt with and will be dealt with in the correct manner.
“I am not a fan of Twitter, but I understand it’s the way of the world, the players are treated correctly here, as adults, but unfortunately in this instance Aaron has overstepped the mark.
“I will deal with it and will deal with him, but as far as the injured players training for eight hours, no, there is no truth in that, that’s as much as I can really say.
“I have two grown up children and know they use Twitter, I understand it’s the way of society, but in this instance Aaron probably hasn’t thought before he has tweeted.”
Edinburgh was happier to discuss new signing Rene Howe, who joins as a free agent after leaving Burton, having penned an 18-month deal.
“Rene is a long-term target, someone I’ve worked with before and know very well and we are thrilled to have him signed,” Edinburgh said.
“He brings goals, a knowledge and understanding at this level and above and someone I know will fit in with the group and our system, I’m delighted to have signed him, it’s a top signing for us.”
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