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Menzo faces player mutiny at Lierse

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Tony Watt newsLierse coach Stanley Menzo is facing an end of season revolt over his treatment of Tony Watt.

A number of senior players have indicated to the club that they will be moving on in the summer if the former Ajax keeper remains in charge.

Menzo has had a number of run-in’s with the on ¬†loan Celtic striker who has been banished to train with the reserves with no prospect of playing despite scoring seven times in a five match run that steered Lierse clear of relegation.

The relationship between Watt and Menzo hit a low point before the away match at Kortrijk on January 25.

Following a clash between the two Menzo is alleged to have struck Watt before dropping him from the team.

Lierse captain Hernan Losada approached Menzo about the incident with the coach bowing to player power by reinstating Watt in the team with the striker scoring twice in a 5-1 win.

Watt kept his place in the side until after the 1-0 defeat at home to Genk on February 15, the following week he was on the bench away to Ostende before being banished away from the first team squad.

Menzo’s old school style hasn’t gone down well in the Lierse dressing room but his Ajax connections have largely kept him free from criticism.

Lierse finished the regular season in 12th place just four points above the relegation places.

The Belgian league is now split into three different sections with Lierse in one of the groups of four playing for a place in the Europa League.

After losing their opening play-off match away to Beveren morale at the club is at rock bottom with the remaining fixtures virtually meaningless.

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