Stephen Ireland has probably done himself an awful lot of damage today, by his lengthy interview in the French magazine So Foot.
And would you believe it, we missed a bit out, because the 24 year-old has also hit out at Frenchman Gerard Houllier, his manager at Aston Villa and he’s blasted the City of Birmingham too.
Nothing like making friends is there?
This is what Stephen Ireland told the French So Foot magazine:
“After 15 matches on the bench Houllier told me to stay at home,” “I trained during the week and on Fridays he told me, ‘no point you coming, you are not in the team’.”
“Yet I was the best player in training. It was my team that won in every session. One of the few times he played me, we drew 0-0 at Chelsea and I ended up man of the match.”
“Apparently that didn’t matter to him. I was stuck with being paid for doing nothing at all. I was left to myself. I had to pay out of my own pocket for medical treatment. Can you believe that?”
Ireland was also unhappy (is he happy about anything?), at also being asked to move to live in Birmingham, so he was closer to the Villa training facilities, but he called the second city a c**p city. Translation – he doesn’t much like Birmingham.
Stephen continued his tirade:
“Houllier asked me to come and live in Birmingham because it was taking me 75 minutes to come to training. But there were 15 players in the same position as me.”
“Some came from London and took more than two hours, but he only asked me to move,”
“For a start, Birmingham is a c**p city and I wasn’t going to make the effort, especially as I wasn’t playing. Might as well be in Manchester if I had to stay home on match days.”
These comments certainly don’t show Stephen Ireland in a good light at all, and that’s an understatement, but maybe he can clarify some of the statements he made today. But maybe not.
They will do his quest to make the deal at Newcastle permanent no good at all, and it could now be very difficult for him to get a deal at Newcastle in the summer.
And if doesn’t arrive on Tyneside, then watch out for the Bigg Market to get panned. 😀