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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.

The journalist

Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 21 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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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"
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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.
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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
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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!.
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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 .
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21/08/2010 11:04:00

lampard is top class, ireland isnt! Hughes struggled with ireland in 2nd season, as ireland didn't perform.
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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
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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).
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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
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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: - -
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21/08/2010 12:32:00

Top article, pedmachine. Spot on.
Johnny Baguette
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21/08/2010 13:06:00

I gather from this outburst he didn't get the 2m he was looking for.
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21/08/2010 14:02:00

Think he is going to haunt you for years to come...
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21/08/2010 17:15:00

Not his style. I recall Villa fans coming on here a couple of years ago saying he was a mentalist. He won't show at Eastlands in December.
Johnny Baguette
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21/08/2010 18:06:00

Probably break down in tears if our fans boo him, but not sure they will, unlike the Villa fans waving their notes at Barry. Will they do the same for Milner?
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21/08/2010 18:47:00

It'll say more if we are just unaware of him. Which i think will be the case.
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21/08/2010 20:35:00

We would cheer milner, When barry left he clearly said he wanted to leave for 'Champions league' football which you didnt and still dont have, But then went to you instead and was clearly a money move, cant say i dont blame him, i would aswell but at least milner hasn't contridicted himself and at least said he wants a new challenge, but have to say its a money move abit aswell. And everyone knows milner hops from club to club, considerin at a young age he has been at a few so alot of villa fans understand the move.
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21/08/2010 21:28:00

I also think that it is unfair too make articles on other teams players such as this one, Even though he has made a comment on man city, which most people will say is fair, You are the only network who make articles offending other teams and players, to be honset nearly every article on this site turns into insulting other teams players of some sort. I do look at most the premiership pages but this one especially is less football and more trying to have a dig at people.
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21/08/2010 21:35:00

P. - if you don't like the articles on here, why is it you're on here so much? The article in no way is insulting Stephen Ireland or any club. It's simply pointing out that he was given every oppurtunity to achieve at City and ultimately he failed to take that chance. And a request to leave with dignity. How is that "offending other teams and players"?
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21/08/2010 21:50:00

"" Think he is going to haunt you for years to come... los_angeles_villan Read more: I don't think he will as he will not be around for years to come ....he was a one season wonder and has now reverted to type ...a squad player.
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21/08/2010 22:28:00

Your talking about other clubs players is my point, and whats the need, no other vital sites do it, Im just pointing out that it seems you have no class. You have posted many articles that offend teams and there supporters, recently you posted one about supporters on here and how they react now that is really pathetic. I just think that these sites should talk about football and not resort to 'slagging' off and insults.
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21/08/2010 22:29:00

No, another clubs player is talking about us, that's the whole reason for the article. There were plenty of Stephen Ireland related articles on Vital Villa last week while he was still a City player, so your point is moot.
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21/08/2010 22:38:00

There has been 2 stephen ireland articles, on the day he signed? I can see where your coming from about him coming out with the unnessary comments attacking your club, But i just think these sites especially should be used for football talk and not the media crap and comments from players, Would be a much nicer place.
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21/08/2010 23:24:00

Oh ffs P.Avfc
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21/08/2010 23:58:00

Ignorance, me_innit, Ignorance.
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22/08/2010 00:52:00

Pretty clear he's insecure and unstable. Faking granny's death, quitting the national team, blaming the past five City managers for his shortcomings, and now going crazy with his media limelight (today calling for Shay to leave). Wish Michael Johnson would get fit and regain his form, he was better than Ireland before his injury hell.
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22/08/2010 07:29:00

Bet Milner would've scored that penalty PAvfc.
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22/08/2010 14:27:00

Newcastle United SIX Aston Villa 0....everything we've been saying here about Ireland's anonymity and lack of effort when the chips are down confirmed. 1 shot on goal mustered by easily the worst powder puff Villa side I've seen in 4 years.
Johnny Baguette
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22/08/2010 15:31:00

I know its just the 2nd game of the season but i absolutely loved that result. Thinking they got a better deal, pmsl.
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22/08/2010 15:35:00

Villa were shocking. Absolutely rudderless. All that time spent with the hacks this weekend did Ireland no good at all. Espeically for womeone as good at training as he is. LMAO. Says he's better than any player we've signed this year? Cue Villa excuses that he hasn't played much recently outside of playing in ALL our pre season games and not breaking sweat.
Johnny Baguette
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22/08/2010 15:42:00

The more I see that video the funnier it gets!
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22/08/2010 18:12:00

"Ignorance, me_innit, Ignorance.P.Avfc" No, I suspect your middle name is ignorance too Pavfc. If I were a Villa fan I would not be crowing over Ireland's outbursts; far from it, you should be questioning his motives and his menatality.
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22/08/2010 22:36:00

The only problem is i have this muppet on my away kit from last year, great!
Once a Blue
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23/08/2010 10:16:00

Once a Blue, why don't you burn it when we play Villa at ours.
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23/08/2010 19:04:00


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