Stephen Ireland has today launched an astonishing tirade against the Ireland National side, his country of birth Ireland, the Ireland manager Trapattoni and his former manager at Manchester City, Roberto Mancini.
Stephen Ireland – I love everybody and everything – honest!
Let’s just say that these sorts of comments will do his Newcastle career no good at all, and paint him as a self centered and spiteful person, but let’s see what Stephen said first.
Ireland told the the French So Foot magazine about still not wanting to play for the Ireland National side:
“I won’t come back,” I “I feel nothing for the national team. I don’t feel at all guilty when they lose and when they win I never say ‘oh dear, I could have been there’.” “Even if Ireland had qualified for the World Cup I wouldn’t have gone.” “People are calling for me to return, but I only ever played five games guys!”
“International soccer doesn’t interest me,” “Going away for three days to play in Andorra – I’ve got better things to do.”
“Also, when you’re Irish you know you’ll never win the World Cup. Even when I played for the youth teams, I got fed up at having to go away. Everyone else was from Dublin and I came from Cork. I had to get the train on my own, pay for a taxi, there was no hotel, no food. The organization was amateurish.”
Italian manager Trapattoni did try to get him back playing for Ireland, but it seems Stephen was not too impressed with the meeting they had:
“I’ve never seen anyone so arrogant,” “I met him once. He was taking calls every two minutes and made me hang around for 15 minutes in his office.”
“In the end, he said, ‘if you want to play then come, if not, it’s no problem’. He did that mainly so the press would leave him in peace.” “Foreign coaches, they’re no good,” “Ireland is reaping what it sowed,”
“We built blocks of flats just for the sake of it and now there’s no one inside them. It cost huge amounts of money and nobody is in a position to pay.” “But I don’t care about Ireland. I don’t know if I’ll go back one day. Live in Cork? I might as well shoot myself. I prefer Los Angeles.”
Ireland is trying to get his career going again at Newcastle, but there’s little doubt that this kind of stuff will not help him, because the last thing Newcastle need on their books is a trouble-maker.
These comments will have done Stephen Ireland no good with anything or anybody, as he comes across as an angry young man who has the world against him – and we’ll not even mention that chip on his shoulder.
Alan Pardew has said today Ireland seems like a very complex character, and of course this will not help the player with anything, and we wonder why he has come out and said all these rather immature and stupid things?
Roberto Mancini was next on the chopping block:
“Mancini never liked me. He’s doing everything wrong. He got rid of everyone at the club – even the cook left. The family club I spent nine years with exists no more. “
“What happens when Mancini goes? He takes his 50 recruits with him. Also, since he’s been there City matches are incredibly dull.”
“I’ve never seen anyone so arrogant. I met him once. He was taking calls every two minutes and made me hang around for 15 minutes in his office.”
“Mancini never liked me. He’s doing everything wrong. He got rid of everyone at the club – even the cook left. The family club I spent nine years with exists no more.”
These statements seem to come from somebody who is self-centered and immature and certainly very angry, and as we said earlier they will hardly help him get a contract at Newcastle United, or any other club for that matter.
Ireland doesn’t like his National side, his country of birth, or many of his former managers – but apart from that everything is great!
Ireland needs to find some maturity – and quickly – if he expects to stay around on Tyneside – which now has to be a little unlikely.
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot – he just shot both legs off.