Scharner blasts ‘lazy’ Baggies

The Austrian feels that the squad has become complacent without the
threat of punishment for dressing room misdemeanours, including
lapses of punctuality and yellow or red cards. He admits that his
latest outburst is unlikely to go down well within a group that has
already branded him the ‘Moanivator’, but he feels something has to
be said. With the Baggies having slipped to within a point of the
Premier League drop zone, Scharner has warned that no-one at The
Hawthorns can afford to take a top-flight standing for granted. He
told the Birmingham Mail: “I think it was going well until the last
game before Christmas, against Aston Villa. We stopped the fines at
that point. “Since then we have got lazy and you can see it on the
pitch. “I have chosen to say this to the media because it will
maybe get some more attention. I haven’t told the manager. I am
30-years-old, 11 years a professional player and I think I know
what is needed. “I’m one of the oldest in the squad and I feel a
responsibility. My main focus is to wake up not only myself but the
whole team. “It’s been bad the last few weeks and I am hoping the
fines will return. I tried to bring them back on January 2 but it’s
difficult to set back up again because it can be an easier life to
not do so. “When I first came to the club I got called Moanivator.
“Now my question is do my colleagues want to get relegated with a
nice Paul Scharner or stay in the league and put up with the
‘Moanivator’? “I am very passionate about this because at the end
of the season it will say on my CV that I’ve either survived or
been relegated. “At the moment there is no relegation and I want to
keep that. My main focus and intention is to keep West Bromwich in
the Premier League. “I’ve made mistakes in the last few games and
it’s not good enough for me, or my levels. And now it’s time to
change this, get focused and fight for the team.”