Stephen Ireland Could Still Have Future At Villa – Houllier

Gerard Houllier seems to have alienated a number of players at Aston Villa, since he took over in late September.

A good shot of Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa

Three of those players seem to be Stephen Ireland, Stephen Warnock and John Carew.

Carew has since signed for Stoke City on loan, and as far as we know the remaining two are still not training with the first team, with Warnock’s first club Liverpool, said to be eying taking Stephen back home.

It seems that Newcastle are close to signing Ireland on loan for the rest of the season, but we have been told the deal will probably not happen until late Monday night, when Newcastle may get better loan terms for the player.

Of course the risk there is that another club can come in and offer terms closer to what Aston Villa are after, and they get the player.

And the new news yesterday was that Gerard Houllier told reporters  he would definitely not be selling Ireland in January.

And the Frenchman even said the £7M signing could still have a future at Villa Park.

Gerard was asked if  Ireland would be staying at Villa Park, and he replied:

“Oh yes. “Of course he could have a future, if he shows he’s better than what I have, yes. I’m not stupid, I’ll play the best players.”

But of course he’s hardly going to say anything else, and that’s even the standard text book answer to that question – as in the football  manager’s handbook – page 78, third paragraph down.

But the potential good news this morning is that the local Newcastle Journal is reporting that Newcastle are confident they will  secure two new players before the window closes at 11:00 pm on Monday night.

With some of the comments we’ve seen on the site over the last few days,  Newcastle fans will be relieved if indeed the club can get in two good players by then.

Stephen Ireland is on of the players no doubt, but we wonder who the other one could be?

Any ideas?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1


  • hk_nufc

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    just don’t want is SWP

  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    This is all a load of BS. Houllier is obviously holding out for a better loan deal to come about…I’m 100% sure we have Stephen Ireland in the bag…we are supposed to have 2 waiting to come in on Monday…If Stephen Ireland is one of them who is the other???

    Im hoping its not SWP, yeah hes a decent player but very inconsistent. Still, better than Routledge. Any Ideas?

  • tjshawsey

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    “@skysportsrobp: A Newcastle official has told Sky Sports News that the Magpies have rejected a renewed £23million bid from Tottenham for striker Andy Carroll and again insisted their star forward was ‘not for sale’. “

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Its been a successful transfer window so far IMO…simply because barton, jose, carroll, tiote and so on are still at the club and we;ve signed ben arfa up.

    Was mainly about keeping our best players and we have done that, as well as securing argubly are most talented player on a permanant deal.

  • boater

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    @Robby Bobson.

    True but since the window opened we have lost Routledge, Smith for the season and Gosling has had another set back. Carroll, Taylor are being held from returns and we’ll have to be patient with Arfa. Add Barton and Tiote’s penchant for suspension from matches, and we really look thin.

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jan 29, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Unneeded luxury!!!!

  • Robson1979

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Michael Johnson would be a good loan signing.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeh a few more numbers to prevent james perch having to play in centre mid again would be nice….

    Maybe Larsson would be good to make up the numbers and another striker would be peachy but just glad we haven’t lost our best players.

    Plus as said above…,19528,11678_6708608,00.html?

  • ginkoh

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Just transfer game from Houlier. If he rate Ireland like he said, he will be Houlier first team squad now. I think he’s good player but don’t mind if Villa want to keep him.

  • Herbies Bonnet

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #11

    As long as we stay up, how many points do we need? Where will we get them?

    39 Points – 9 Points=Brum (h), Wolves (h) and WBA (h)

    Really looking forward to next season (if we stay up). Only thing that would devistate me is if Jose went.

  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    i would take warnock off villa not a problem,move jose forward and play warnock left back.

  • cornishman

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Its difficult we want to add but quality is in short supply. I,m not a fan of Routledge, its a shame about Dan Gosling as i think he will add quality.
    As Robby Bobson says it appears that we have kept our best players, which for many was a big worry. I believe the future looks good when we get our injured / banned players back.
    Those “dropped” 4 points of the last games still hurts though.

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14

    I dunno, if Jose plays left wing then that takes an attacker out of our team for a player that attacks all the time anyway…..

    just need to get jonas to stop using him as a decoy and pass to him!!

  • boater

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Suarez to Liverpool for £22.8 mil. He’s got awesome goal ratio in holland, but for every RVan N there’s a Kezman or an Alves.

    Chelsea surely to get their man Torres now.

  • belfastgeordie87

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    play jonas on the right

  • ganiyu

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    it very obvious we need a ball winner and a winger but i do feel we need to get rid of smith first

  • maverick striker

    Jan 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d happily take Warnock as cover for Enrique.

    The only thing we’re really crying out for is wingers who can cross the ball, surely? We simply don’t have any good supply lines for Carroll, Ameobi etc. OK Barton – but that’s it.

    Not even sure where Ireland would play – would have to be in place of Nolan surely?

  • lewman

    Jan 29, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #19

    i reckon that if say a birmingham or a blacburn gave a slightly better offer to ireland, he would tell them to f off, as it is plain to see that we are a club that is going places and have some of the best under 25 year old players in the league


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