Perhaps Pennant should have been joined in the bar by his teammates, says Ian Clarkson...
Birmingham have thrown a blanket of silence over Jermaine Pennant's alleged drinking spree on Saturday night that apparently led to him being sent home on Sunday morning from training, so we will have to draw our own conclusions.
However, if it is true, then he certainly won't be the first player who has turned up worse for wear to a training session and he certainly won't be the last.
It has been blown out of proportion because of his chequered past and Birmingham's current league position but, when all else fails, a few beers sometimes seems like the only option.
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People will argue that he should have stayed in the night before training, but he wasn't playing for another seven days and all you should be doing the day after a game is a warm-down.
Speaking from personal experience I can remember some dark days at St Andrew's where a drink seemed like the only option.
We didn't earn vast amounts of money, so invariably we would drink with the punters in working-class pubs and talk about the game.
Fans often complain nowadays that players are removed from reality, but Pennant is very much a working-class player and drink is the choice of the masses.
I can recall a few Saturday night drinking sessions until the wee small hours before a warm down on a Sunday morning, which we always attended I hasten to add.
Football might have moved on dramatically and be far more professional, but you have to get inside the psyche of a footballer to understand their actions; if you sit and stew on your performances then, for some players, the situation will appear unbearable.
Our pre-season tour of Ireland in 1991 was like a postseason tour as games, training sessions and drinking sessions all blended into one.
The book would have been thrown at every single player on that tour, but we returned to win promotion after engendering a healthy team spirt.
One thing Birmingham appear to be in short supply of at present is team spirt and a night out might be an alternative option for Steve Bruce, as they are deteriorating on the pitch at an alarming rate.
If Pennant is guilty then he should be fined, but no more. Whether you earn £100 or £10,000 a week as a footballer, the emotions are still the same.
Every person handles defeat in different ways and, for some players, over analysis would be a complete waste of time.
I used to abhor sessions with a 'mind-coach' as I found it unnecessary, dull and for people with weak minds.
However, that was only my opinion and I am sure many footballers found it beneficial, highlighting the fact that everyone is different.
If Pennant feels the best way for him to cope with a dismal run of form is to have an occasional blow out, then who are we to argue?
If it affects his form then it is a legitimate argument, but he has been one of Birmingham's top five performers this season, so that doesn't hold water.
No one knows what really happened apart from Bruce and Pennant; but Bruce should recall his days as a player and realise he has far bigger issues to address than Pennant's drinking on a Saturday evening.
* Ian Clarkson is a former captain and full-back of Birmingham City.