Tony Watt has opened up on how his loan manager at Lierse slapped him during his time in Belgium.
Watt, currently with Motherwell, was over on loan from Celtic with the Belgian outfit. During that period, he had a pretty decent record, with the then-Celtic loanee netting nine goals in 18 appearances.
But manager Stanley Menzo wasn’t pleased with Watt’s attitude. Speaking on the Lower League Ramblings podcast, the Motherwell striker has detailed the time Menzo raised his hands to him.
“He’s the only manager who has ever slapped me in the face,” he said. “The day before a game he called a meeting and my head was already gone with him. I wasn’t listening. Menzo was looking at me saying ‘this guy thinks he’s Messi, he keeps letting you down’.
“But we were winning games and I was flying. Every day abroad you shake hands and when the time came I thought ‘f*** that, I’m not shaking hands one more time, not a chance in hell’. I had given him all the respect I could. He came up the bus, shook every hand and when he went to shake mine I looked away.
“He just slapped my head. I was like ‘what the f*** are you doing?’ He stormed down the bus saying ‘he’s not playing, he’s not playing’. Eventually the boys spoke to him and said ‘right, you’re playing – but just don’t speak to him’. I went out and scored two goals and was sitting in the changing room, smug as you like, thinking ‘get it right up you’.”
This scenario is a bit perplexing. Watt was scoring goals, so why Menzo thought his Scottish import wasn’t performing was odd, never mind slapping him for it.
Watt’s had a well-travelled career. He hit mainstream headlines with his match-winning goal for Celtic against Barcelona, but has taken in 12 different clubs throughout his career.
He’s at Motherwell now though where the striker will hope to impress manager Stephen Robinson, who has said that a longer-term Well contract awaits Watt if he impresses.