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Ireland Dig at City

Ireland Dig at City

Stephen Ireland has finally left Manchester City, the Club that nurtured him through his formative years to help generate a talented professional footballer, stood shoulder to shoulder with him through his personal traumas and delivered him on to the stage which has presented him with a lifestyle like no other.

When most players revealed at a new signing press conference extol the positive virtues as to why they signed for the Club, Stephen rather disappointingly saw this a the forum to vent his anger at his treatment at Manchester City and publicly air some personal views on his perception of what he considers the management at his former Club is seeking to achieve.

In today's papers he passes a number of comments mainly based around why he felt unloved at City and that he considers himself at least as good as the players that Mancini is bringing into the Club.

That may well be his view but the reality is that he has not played in a team that has won anything, he has not played in the Champions League, he no longer plays International Football. That to me looks like a list of underachievement from a player who if he is as good as he believes should have been taking matches by the scruff of the neck when asked last season and ensuring that mediocre 1-1 draws ended at least in 2-1 victories. Instead he squandered all of those chances and faded into the distance to the extent that he became a makeweight in a protracted transfer deal.

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Some of the City faithful genuinely think Aston Villa got the better of that deal and we may yet see Ireland move from strength to strength as he gets a game every week, rebuilds his confidence and maybe kicks on to the next level. It is however unlikely that he will see Champions League football at Villa Park and therefore will never really know if he would be good enough in that arena.

Stephen, you did well for City for one season and had the chance to do more for longer. You did not do that. You did not kick on. You were replaced. You have gone.

Manchester City fans love their home-developed players and have done throughout the years. And they have loved you. Does the banner not say 'Ireland is Superman'?

I think they meant it.

Take a leaf out of Bellamy's book. See how he moved away with some dignity and please do the same.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Saturday August 21 2010
Time: 10:00AM


Thought it would be bellamy to have a pop,why does he feel the need to say these things,every player feels hurt when not wanted and have to move on,but thats life just accept it.He may of been the best player in training,but when in the team he wasnt,in fact he was the weakest most weeks,"thats why youve been sold Stephen it hurts but its your own fault"
21/08/2010 10:28:00
The boy was both physically and mentally unable to push himself on. Being first in training and last to go and giving your maximum effort doesn't make you the best trainer and indeed player at a club. It's a crying shame that he seems to get some kind of stubborn or mental block on some situations, like playing for Ireland or seeing your favourite manager leave your club. It wasn't a case of Mancini deciding to alienate him, it was a case of Mancini and everybody else in the ground seeing him fade badly after 15 minutes of every game. I do however wish him well at Villa, I even predict a blistering start, but if Villa ever look like fading in the season then so will Steven Ireland, he isn't the catalyst or match winner he thinks he is....or should have been. Good luck Superman.
21/08/2010 10:33:00
Ireland had loads of opportunities and like you said he was woeful in most of them. He wants to concentrate on football instead of pimping his cars
leve mcfc
21/08/2010 10:34:00
humpty, I knew Bellers wouldn't have a pop at the club, I've met him and he's a true gent who loves City. For me he should still be here but i'm not the manager and you've gotta trust your boss!.
21/08/2010 10:35:00
Chelsea did not sell Lampard when they got all the new player coming in did they?? Look where he is now. Mark Hughes knew that he was a quality player. With no offense to Mancini I think he could & should have dealt with the player better .
21/08/2010 11:04:00
lampard is top class, ireland isnt! Hughes struggled with ireland in 2nd season, as ireland didn't perform.
21/08/2010 11:18:00
He is full of something thats for sure. Looked like he was wearing a Bill Shankly tee shirt as he was being interviewed. Not a big deal in itself but just odd which is a little like the way he goes about things. So Mancini was pretty on the money in his assessment of Ireland and needing to sort his head out. Now for someone that doesn't do personal relationships thats pretty astute as he supposedly doesn't have close contact. As for Irelands "the writing has been on the wall for the last eighteen months" Now thats fascinating because it takes you back into his best season ever and covers a fair bit of the Hughes reign. So his apparent close relationship with Hughes didn't actually amount to much. As for the best footballer at the Club we have all seen the result on the pitch andare not privy to the little men running around in his brain. I I had some sympathy for him before this outburts but it tends to confirm the other things that have happened along the way. Th Grandmothers, th web postings (claimed to be a friend) the pink wheels, the bulking up and the general lack of delivery. City are well rid. As Mancini says he needs to sort his head out. First he needs to put it in forward gear rather than reverse.
Blue Mooning
21/08/2010 11:40:00
kingDROG: Lampard didn't deteriorate from top class to reserve team level player either. Lampard has remained consistent - Ireland has had one good season in his entire career and last season he looked worse than he did as a rookie (as the Americans would say).
21/08/2010 11:41:00
There also is Ireland talking about young players at City and their arrogance....check this out from the "old" man. What a plonker.
Blue Mooning
21/08/2010 12:05:00
Stevie "Bling" Ireland has absolutely NO place to talk about young players walking around with expensive crap. Who can forget this: - -
21/08/2010 12:32:00
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