Let’s Hope Stephen Ireland Does Great At Newcastle

It seems that Stephen Ireland has already taken a shining to both the Newcastle club, the City and to the famous Newcastle fans.

Stephen Ireland – we hope this lad does great on Tyneside

Stephen has had a really tough time of it at Manchester City and Aston Villa over the last 12 months or so.

It seems that both of his managers, Mancini and Houllier, didn’t rate him much, so he didn’t get too many games, and that’s got to affect the way you feel – and the way you play – and your overall attitude.

Stephen will have already found out that the Newcastle fan base only want him to be a successful player on Tyneside, and Stephen has already shown that when he’s at his best, he’s one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He showed that at Manchester City.

We’ve often thought when we saw him playing for the Eastlands club, that he would be a great player for Newcastle, and maybe we’ll all see that soon – but it’s really up to Stephen to show what he can do in the next three months.

If he can do that,  then it’s an odds on certainty that Newcastle will sign him permanently.

The is what 24 year-old Stephen Ireland told the Evening Chronicle today:

“They’re die-hard fans, and it’s exactly where you want to be week-in, week-out,” “It helps an awful lot, and you’ve got to repay them.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back as soon as I can.” “I’ve had a walk round the city, and the people here are so nice and polite.”

“They come up and shake your hand, and say ‘all the best here’.”

“It is nice, and I’ve got a good feeling for the place. I’ve felt settled really fast.” “For me, it’s all been positive so far.”

Stephen is now fit and ready to play, and it looks almost a certainty that he will make his debut against Everton on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

Whether that’s as a starter on the right wing, will depend on Joey Barton’s fitness, but otherwise he’ll come on as a second half substitute,  and we expect Stephen will get a good reception from the Geordie fans.

The classy midfielder has 182 first class appearances so far in his career with  23 goals, but over the last year or so, he’s played only around 20 times.

We wish Stephen all the very best in his Newcastle career, and hope he can reproduce his form of old, and become a permanent signing in the summer. 😀

Comments welcome, but please respect all reader’s opinions, which they are entitled to.

21 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #1

    hope he can find some form!!

  • lewman

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    i hope we win his come back game as he seems like he could do with the boost to his confidence as he is undoubtably a very skilled footballer.

  • petey

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    haha unrelated but funny, had to share it.

    Its about time Ireland will play! Silly signing a player on loan when injured.

  • Spitfire

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Couldn’t understand the signing when it happened but now with Barton Gosling out injured, Taylor suspended and Tiote’s penchant for yellow cards it looks an inspired signing. Might just clinch our season for us.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I have no doubt Stephen Ireland will come good for us. He just needs time on the pitch and patience from the fans. When he builds his confidence back and starts preforming like we know he can he will be essential to us. I just hope we then can sign him up in the summer permanently and don’t have to enter a bidding war for his signature.

  • super bartooon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    A bit off topic just read what kevin keegan had to say about whether the 35m will be spent by pardew what a bitter man he come off there.
    King kev more like Queen Kev, I appreciate what the man did for the club but come on Keegan we have moved on you should have done so mate.
    Mike Ashley did do one on Hughton but you don’t see him throwing negative comments at Newcastle the class does differ between Hughton and .Keegan and the latter being a Geordie to make matterd even worse.
    Keegan should know whatever negative comments you make about ashleys dealings directly reflects on Newcastle United, take the high road keegan and warm up that chair at ESPN.

  • Billy1985

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #7

    he was amazing for city, didnt want to go to villa but has said he is happy here….go on son become a legend and come the summer sign for us

  • lewman

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    keegans from darlington or somewhere like that bartoon, he isnt a geordie hes a yorkshire man.

  • lobacka

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    super bartooon,
    spot on!
    he’s just making more unwanted negative headlines, he should keep his opinions on the matter to himself because making them public will not help the club.
    As for Stephen Ireland i think given a few games he’ll be a class act for us and a wonderful signing in the summer.

  • lewman

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    why is my comment awaiting moderation, there isnt even a hint of a rude word in there

  • Billy1985

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #11

    if yous want to talk about the keegan thing which is doing my head in he has got nothing to do with the club now. if we always think of the past we will never go forward to where we want to be. just forget about it he was happy to take money of us and practically every where he has been let him do as he pleases hes the 1 thats going to look stupid when ashley spends in the summer. talk about him under the keegan blog

  • henock1989

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    why would u say that to a manager that loves the club and got rolled over by mike …

  • super bartooon

    Mar 1, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Henock keegan might still love the club although he has funny ways of showing that but he is not at Newcastle,
    And to say what he just said about the money won’t be spent publicly was an absolute disgrace of a man who has love for this club he just showed the rest of the world what a bitter man he is.
    People should understand although we hate Mike Ashley but what we do to show that hatred reflects badly on this club.
    Keegan walked out on Newcastle twice although the last time he was practically pushed out and he went on a crusade to jeorpadise Mike Ashley and Newcastle by wanting 10m pounds, which would have left this club in a bad financial situation.
    Its that what you call love Keegan is a divorced woman who keeps talking bad about her ex partner.

  • chuck

    Mar 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #14

    It will obviously take time for Ireland to get match fit and regain his touch.
    But if he plays anywhere close his form of two seasons ago, then we can look forward to a class act.
    Looks like we will have to wait untill next season for BA to make an appearance, just as well, would`nt want any complications and he should be more than ready by the start of the new season.
    Soh ! only the question of who the new arrivals will be ?
    Seems KK does`nt believe we will spend much, lets see !
    The news media are having a field day in regards to Enrique, mentioning some big clubs and obviously screwing up his head.
    Believes he`s Bobby Moore !
    Tell that to young Sturridge, who made him look foolish a coupla times on Saturday, Jose your not all that!

  • DannyboyNUFC

    Mar 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Apparently Ireland will be playing:

  • carrollsinger

    Mar 1, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    I would start him on sat
    Simmo colo willo bull
    Ireland tiote Barton jonas
    I wanna see ranger get 45 mins

  • nufc90

    Mar 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #17

    i’d give ireland a free role as a kind of second striker just let him go out and express himself and hopefully he’ll do the business

    simpson williamson coloccini enrique
    barton tiote nolan jonas

    with nolan pushing up to support and poach a couple like he usually does

  • chuck

    Mar 1, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #18

    I would be carefull what you say about just going out there and expressing himself.
    Last time he did that was when he dropped his shorts in midfield at Citeh !

  • clinta2

    Mar 1, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #19

    We could do with something fresh in midfield to mix it up a bit whether thats starting or coming off the bench.

    That said, Its been a bad bit of business for us getting a guy whose been injured the majority of his loan period, but certainly shows what Pardew thinks of the likes of Guthrie huh?

  • bigdan1980

    Mar 1, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #20

    simmo saylor colo el toro

    barts tio,tio,tiote big kev goots

    just thought id do a team ala carrollsinger, love his team sheets like

  • Brutooon

    Mar 2, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Super Ireland is vital for season. With barton and ben arfa out, its time for him to shine


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