As any good man manager would, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked to new boy Stephen Ireland, to try to get to the bottom of the problems he’s had over the last 12 months or so, both at Manchester City and Aston Villa.
Stephen Ireland – a very angry young man
All players suffer through their careers from various problems they have (don’t we all?), and it seems to us that Alan is so much better at man-management than we had thought when he arrived on Tyneside in December.
Stephen Ireland comes across as rather a complex character, and of course his International career came to an end after he withdrew Euro 2008 qualifier after his girlfriend rang manager Steve Staunton to report the death of his grandmother.
However that story turned out to be false, and what really happened is that his girlfriend had suffered a miscarriage.
And even today Stephen Ireland has come out and announced to the world, he is an angry man with a massive chip on his shoulder.
But that has put a big damper on his International career and he has so far refused to play for Ireland again, even though Italian manager Trapattoni wants him back, but Stephen will not return to the national set-up, which he criticizes along with hos country Ireland Trapattoni in the above article today – he calls the Italian manager arrogant. We’ll not even say what he calls Mancini, but it’s not better.
Alan Pardew believes in the player’s ability but we wonder what he will think when he sees the tirade from Stephen this morning.
This is what Alan said:
“He’s a player who’s got a lot of talent, and if I can harness it, he’ll be very important for us,” “I have talked to him about what’s happened to him at City and Villa but I don’t think it’s for me to say. He has privately talked about it and I understand where he is.”
“I’ve got a good connection with him and I feel that’s growing as I work with him.” “Technically he’s a very, very good player and therefore it’s about getting him right.”
“I wouldn’t say he’s complicated, I would say he’s emotional, he perhaps wears his heart on his sleeve more than most players. Most professional footballers have got a hardness to them, a kind of, ‘I’m brilliant, let me get on with it’ attitude. He’s not quite like that.”
“He’s a little bit more about the emotion of the place, the emotion of him, how he feels. He’s not the only one, I know a lot of players like that. He’s somebody you have to think about when you manage him.”
“I don’t think it’s even so much a case of putting your arm around his shoulder. He likes to feel he’s important. He’s very important for us if he starts playing well.”
“We brought him to try and see if we can get some of that magic he showed at City two years ago.”
It seems that this interview came before Alan knew of Ireland’s angry tirade today.
Certainly, his comments have put us off this player, and maybe the best thing for him to do, after he’s gone and talked to his manager Alan Pardew in a private meeting this morning – is to try to explain where the bombs came from.
Just think, down the line, what he could have to say about the Newcastle United club, and I wouldn’t even give him the chance, unless he can mature up and act more like a man – and very quickly too.
But if these comments are indeed true, then he’s put himself into a difficult position at Newcastle, and anywhere else for that matter.
The last thing we need at the Newcastle club right now are immature and selfish players, who could cause problems in the squad.
We’ve had enough of those already.