Ireland Puts Hughes Into Perspective
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Stephen Ireland rates current City manager Mark Hughes over previous Blues bosses, Stuart Pearce, Kevin Keegan and Sven-Goran Eriksson.
The 22-year-old midfielder is in the form of his life, partially thanks to Sparky.
"He's a proper manager, the kind which I have always wanted to play under and who covers every aspect of preparation and training," said the Republic of Ireland international.
"He sets targets for individuals and the work we do in small groups is intense and spot-on. I have got more confidence this season and that is because the manager has shown his confidence and trust in me."
Eastlands gaffer Hughes returned the praise by adding...
"Stephen is a great player and a great talent."
"Possibly in the past he hasn't always shown that on a consistent basis but he's doing so now."
Ireland came up from the City Youth Academy and is close to making 100 senior appearances for the club.
Since turning professional in 2005 Stephen had the pleasure of playing for three City managers.
Kevin Keegan - 2001 - 2005
Stuart Pearce - 2005 - 2007
Sven-Goran Eriksson - 2007 - 2008
Mark Hughes - 2008 - current