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What The Hell Is Going On With Stephen Ireland?

What The Hell Is Going On With Stephen Ireland?

A report in the Daily Mail (click here) by Neil Moxley says that Stephen Ireland would be allowed to leave Villa Park after a short and thus far unsuccessful spell IF Villa can get the £8million they paid for him (as part of the James Milner deal).

The report, amongst others, claim that Ireland has told Gerard Houllier that he wants out. I believe Sky are reporting that Ireland has put in a transfer request.

Houllier is quoted in the Mail as saying:

"Stephen has told his agent that he wants to go in January. I'm not convinced about that. But once a player says he wants to go, he can go.'

Will Villa be able to get their money back though? Will any club come in and pay the wages, reported to be around £65 000 (why would anyone want to leave a GREAT club like Villa and especially whilst being paid that sort of money?) as well as paying £8m? Open to debate that isn`t it as despite being a 'prospect` he fell out with the regime at Manchester City and now it appears at Villa. Clubs don`t like to pay top money for players who look like they could be 'trouble`.

Houllier also told the press he has told the player that he expects more from him, adding 'I haven't said anything wrong about him. But I think there is a discrepancy between what I see in training and what I see in a game. I told his agent that was the only problem. He has got to sort that out. I like the man, the player. He's got some skill, touch, an eye for a pass. But he has got to adapt to modern football as well."

Houllier also wants all players to move closer to Villa Park - rightly - (which is a worry as Ashley Young has moved further down South!)

'He does not live in Birmingham and hasn't moved house. I am quite patient but it has been a huge shock for him coming from Manchester City. At the moment, he is not in the squad and will not be travelling to Wigan. It's a football decision. Nothing else.'

So.. Ireland... looks like the end of the road but then, if no club comes in for him?

Another question that should be asked, should Houllier be talking so publicly about the players? In some ways I like knowing what is going on but then again, could his comments about Ireland not putting in the effort in training be part of the problem that unsettled and made Ireland unhappy? Bit of a chicken and egg question I guess.

One thing is for sure, there will be a good few departures as Houllier brings in his 'own` players and hopefully blends them with the players who are happy at Villa and proud to be at such a good club as well as with the very promising youth players breaking through right now.

The links to him so far:

Stephen Ireland considering his future: Click Here
Stephen Ireland off to Stoke on loan? Click Here
Stephen Ireland to Everton. Click Here

According to quotes on Sky one link that is just total rubbish is the Stephen Ireland to Celtic on loan.

The Hoops manager Neil Lennon told Sky "We are looking at areas where we can improve the squad but I wouldn't say he (Ireland) is a candidate or anything like that. There is a lot of names being thrown at us from clubs and agents and it would be unfair to talk about individuals."

Our forum thread... usual warning, adult language etc... ! Click Here

As you can see from the first page, he has been linked with a move to Liverpool. That I guess would make sense if he doesn`t want to move house... (that sentence is baffling, I`d have crawled over broken glass to play at the level these players are at and yet some don`t want to move house for a few years?!!?)

What has been missed in this is if the players confidence could be regained, there is a very good player hiding there! Has it gone too far, does he really not want to be at the club? If so, there is no way back, but if they could meet in the middle and start again.....?

So, Ireland off then!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday December 18 2010
Time: 12:11PM


The bloke is an idiot. Villa will struggle to recover £8 mill. Ship him out and let the yoof blossom!
18/12/2010 12:26:00
At least the Villa fans can now see exactly why City got rid of this clown. Hate to say we told you so.
18/12/2010 12:29:00
who signed him? can somone answer that please? It wasn't O'Neill and it wasn't Houllier. So is this not a board signing and a failed one at that. Who sanctioned the move for this plonker. Also agree, Houllier needs to keep it in house. He prattles on like a gossipy teenager.
18/12/2010 12:32:00
First the Rep. Of Ireland and now Villa. I've had it with this baldy *****, he can ***** off back to Cork and disappear for good.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
18/12/2010 12:32:00
Nothings 'going on' with Steven Ireland! This is the player you signed. Your previous manager needs f*****g for buying him as do we for buying Milner.
18/12/2010 12:36:00
Can we have Milner back then please? Ireland is a spoilt schoolboy. perfect example of too much money too soon and wasting a great talent. The sooner he goes, the better, but realistically who is going to pay a lot for him with the stupid wages he is on.
18/12/2010 12:44:00
City cant exactly brag after milner is hardly getting a game...Ireland is a quality player but he just seems to not want to be at villa so get rid of him and we have delph, bannan and gardner ready to step up. Going to be hard to get all youngsters in the team when there all full filling their potential.
18/12/2010 12:54:00
I really dont like the attitude of Ireland and I think you will struggle to get more than 5-6m for him, Sunderland could be a decent shout for him, but I can imagine any possible buyer would want to get him for a steal and it may wel be better for Villa to simply cut their losses and get rid.
18/12/2010 12:55:00
At the time I went spare about this. No manager in place and they STILL signed the tit. Faulkner really blotted his copy book with this one.
18/12/2010 13:24:00
Looks like we've been screwed over by City. Not only do they take our most influential player thus reducing the competition for CL positions but they manage to do it on the cheap by off loading a player who seems content to pick his wages and live in his nice big house inthe country. And Man City fans can't see that the "project" which their club is currently carrying out is ruining football!? Good players (Milner & Ireland) careers sent into nosedive by money and greed in a time when most of us are struggling to pay for token gifts for our nearest and dearest. What a sorry state of affairs :(
Adam Deuce
18/12/2010 13:37:00
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