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Stephen Ireland Likely To Miss Red Devils Game

We had seen the report on one of the local Newcastle blogs yesterday, that Stephen Ireland could miss the game tomorrow night because his girlfriend had been in a serious car accident.

Stephen with attractive girlfriend Jessica

It turns out that Stephen Ireland has been at the bedside of his partner Jessica Lawlor, after she was injured in a rather serious car crash last week.

Even though Stephen has now been on Tyneside 11 weeks today, he has still not kicked a ball for Newcastle, and it could be the club may decide he’s not in the right frame of mind to play tomorrow night, and we don’t know what the situation will be for the game at Blackpool on Saturday.

But if he misses the Red Devils game he will have missed all 10 games Newcastle have played since he arrived on January 31st, and just let’s hope he doesn’t get injured in training  anytime soon.

Alan Pardew talked about the situation today:

“It’ll be great if he’s available for the Manchester United game because that would give us a good five or six games after that to have a good look at him, and see if there’s a future here for him and for us.”

” “Stephen Ireland’s a quality player.” “That’s what we want, we want that competition, for one of the strikers maybe, to link into the midfield, to Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton.”

“That’s what Ireland was brought in to do.”  “He contributes with effective ability, something we’ve been lacking, in terms of options.” “On the training ground he looks terrific and that tells you a lot.”

If there are not enough games for Ireland to prove himself a decent option for Newcastle this season, maybe the club can take the lad on a season long loan deal next season, so he can prove he is good enough to sign for Newcastle full time.

We understand the rather delicate situation with Stephen, but we’d still like to see him on the bench tomorrow night, if at all possible, and if he comes on for his debut he’ll get a good sympathetic hand from the sold-out St. James’ Park crowd.

But if he cannot make it – so be it – that’s life – and there are some things even more important than football.

Comments welcome.

54 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sorry, I know that this is an unforseen circumstance but God help MA if he’s agreed to paying his wages?!

    The only reason he’s still here MUST be because Villa are still paying for them…?!

  • Ollieh51

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Then again, if that was my missus, I’d probably spend all day by her bed too! ; )

  • Billy1985

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #3

    hope we arent paying for his fu cking wages

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #4

    He must have trod on a black cat injuries & then now this. Family comes first football second if she’s as bad as they say then his place is with her not playing football.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Taking the piss ? I will be outrageously angry if isn’t on the bench.

  • damonmwade

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    @ ollieh51

    You may spend all day by her bed where as i would have spent all day in it 😛

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    LOL ! Damon.

  • MarkO

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Ireland can move his useless ass back to Villa now total waste of space

  • gorskino10

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    “Stephen Ireland’s a quality player.That’s what we want, we want that competition, for one of the strikers maybe”

    2 inncorect statements in one line from Pards, How is Ireland competition for a strikers posistion? he is a midfielder!

    Also he states he is Quality! yeah whatever! He is average, injury prone, and look NO COMMITMENT, I understand its a bad thing for him and his gf, BUT Lovenkrants played THE DAY his father passed away i think. Frank Lampard played a day or so after his Mum went, but Ireland who needs to prove himself is missing the game. Get rid of this loser whos only here for his wages.

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    If he doesn’t want to play we just don’t sign him in the summer. He has to earn it and if he really wants to be here next year he’ll play

  • dave 1961

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #11


    an old chronicle article (from January) I was just reading the replay’s and it seems most predicted our current situation. and one fan mocked the makems that to sell their best forward could get them relegated.

  • dave_barron363

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #12

    I read somewhere that we only pay his wages when he plays for us, think it was on one of Ed’s blogs…

    It am sure its all legit and wouldnt want that to happen to my missus but it seems to be excuse after excuse with this guy!

    He had interviews recently where he was saying he loves the city and cant wait to pull on a black and white shirt, but i dont know if its true. I used to think he was a quality player but now i have reservations over his attitude and commitment!

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    ‘On the training ground he looks terrific and that tells you a lot’
    What exactly does that tell us Pardwho?

  • dave 1961

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    anyone that’s thinking of going to the game we have loads of tickets left, but your club needs you you could make the difference, we need to pile on pressure so they don’t get the usual 12th man.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #15

    If I’d wanted to hear a whining asshole, I’d have farted.

  • daly141

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #16

    People need to back off Stephen Ireland, its hardly his fault he has been injured a lot, and lets be honest, what would any of us do if our partner/wife were in that condition?

    And for the people saying he is only here for wages, NUFC arent paying his wages, the agreement is that we only pay him when he plays.

    My view is that if he’s on the bench tomorrow then great, hopefully he can come on and play his part, he has shown he has class in his Man City days. If not, then thats understandable and if he is not going to be in the right frame of mind for what is a massive game then best not to play!

  • shearermania

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #17

    it aint his girl friend……its his granny…again

  • gorskino10

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #18

    @Shot Bru

    ‘On the training ground he looks terrific”

    That first line is mearly showing Pardews admiration for the way he dresses NOT training ability :p

    “‘and that tells you a lot”

    If he LOOKS good he must surely PLAY good. he is just mearly going on a hunch and he hasnt seen him on the training ground play football so is guessing his qualities via his dress-sense. :p

  • BeeGuy

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    I just don’t knw what to think about this guy. Perhaps AP should have him let the squad know if and when he will be available and for how many minutes. There can be a fine line between your profession and home life. Ireland’s seems to be much more focused on his personal life as he cannot keep fit, and is distracted from team by his off field schedule. To me, he does not seem to have the mental toughness and joy to be playing so much a part of Newcastle United’s squad. I hope I am wrong…….

  • Visten

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #20

    You could not make it up

  • wynsleap

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Totally agree with Gorskino.
    Lovenkrands showed himself to be a committed player and ultra professional.
    Unfortunately Ireland seems to be neither. If he really wants to make his mark here for next season he should be pulling out ALL of the stops to do so when given the opportunity.
    If he doesn’t play against Man. U get rid.

  • gorskino10

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #22


    Yep, and tbh the way he started slagging his former team manager off, then the national team manger shows his true mindset.

    And look if he was injured but SHOWED US the quality he “May” have then i would understand us standing by him. but he isnt any good? he was WAY too overated at City and at Villa he showed he had no ability and poor attitude.

    We could waste stupid money buying this injury prone player or buy someone who is MILES ahead of him in ability like a Tiote, i mean we are deemed to pay like 6 Million for him 😮 thats like 5.9 Mill way too much, i would rather have Romaric/Skejebred or someone else rather than him.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #23

    No need to think, we will lose tomorrow.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Nice one Gorskino…you have now made me question whether that is the extent of Pardwho’s tactical and coaching knowledge!

  • Davies

    Apr 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m sorry, but there is a significant difference between playing after the death of a loved one and knowing that a loved one is in hospital after a serious accident.

    When somebody dies, there really is nothing you can do but mourn and be supportive to other members of your family. Lovenkrands did this both before and after his father passed on. The club gave him plenty of time to do it as well.

    If my Mrs was in a serious accident, I’d want to make sure that I got every waking muinute possible at her side. You never know when it might be that you see somebody for the last time. I really hope this isn’t that serious and they get my best wishes. I don’t think Ireland will be able to play tomorrow knowing that he’s needed more elsewhere.

    Seems like we’re giving this lad a harder time than he’s due because he hasn’t kicked a ball for us yet, and he has a bit of form for missing games over things like this, but, on this occasion, it can’t be helped.

    I reckon we’ll probably end up getting him on loan again next season.

    In the meantime, fingers crossed for both of them.

  • toonroyal

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #26


    he looked alright at training this morning if you flick through the pictures. hope he makes it because we cant deny his talent

  • sweendog

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Davies .. agreed as much as Ireland has proved he backs out of playing .. ie with Rep Ireland etc .. but this does sound like he has a valid case I know I’d do the same ..
    so best of luck ireland and hope to see you prove that your a good Newcastle player sooner rather than later….

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #28

    DOSENT matter if ireland play cause he will oly get run out since he is nt played any match so if wont be in NUFC squad against man u then it wont be a loss for us

  • adi-bizzle

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #29

    You people saying about you’d sleep with his mrs are sick. She’s seriously ill in hospital and all you can think of is having sex with her. You need your heads checking. I played after my parents died but I didn’t while they were dying. I spent whatever time I had left with them knowing it could be the last bit of time. Maybe some of you need to look at your views in life before judging other peoples

  • Local Hero

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #30

    He wouldn’t of been training today if he wasn’t going to be play some part tomorrow

  • daneevz

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31

    just looked thru them training pics u notice the only one that doesnt look at all happ is J.enrique????

  • lesh

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #32

    We’ve had nowt but negatives on this guy and he seems to be carrying everybody’s share of ill luck.

    That being so whilst on trial, then common sense says don’t touch him with a bargepole!

  • nimo

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #33

    were only paying his wages for the weeks he plays so its not a big deal – as for the comment that said he is average 2 year ago he was in the top 5 cm in prem so back off and he may get it back, if not its not a big deal he can go back to villa

  • toonroyal

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #34

    in fairness we have paid nothin since he got here because he hasnt kicked a ball so there is no reason for us to be sayin hes a waste of money or a negative on the club, if he does play and does nowt well send him back and dont look twice but….if he can rediscover his form that he had at city we are in for an exciting end to the season with himself and ben arfa on the pitch, god that would be a great end to the season

  • jimmymagpie

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #35

    We’re finding out now why his two clubs plus his country were glad to see the back of the head case! Just hearing that Harper unlikely to play tomorrow night because of injury. We must be the only club which gets 9 days off and ends with even more players injured than we had before the break. God help us if we had a mid-winter break, we’d finish up with the whole bloody club injured!

  • chuck

    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #36

    What is it about Ireland that sets so many of you guys off ?
    The kids an exceptional player and i believe he will be a big asset to this club.
    What is it he has actually done ?
    He wont be any good !
    We (Ashley) should`nt be paying his wages !
    Lovenkrands played when his father died, ergo Irelqand should play while his girlfriend is injured, ermm ! think thats more of a negative for Lovenkrands, would any of you play when your old man just died ?
    Do yoursellves a favor , find someone else to pick on, preferably not a member of the Newcastle squad, for instance i never heard much about that thug Carroll when he was putting glasses in people`s faces or since he jumped at the chance to get outta toon.
    But here`s a guy, good player, wants a contract, has done nothing negative, other than show his pecs and be concerned about his missus welfare and every one jumps on his ass.
    Whats up with that ?

  • chuck

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #37

    LESH says,
    “We`ve had nowt but negatives on this guy and he seems to be carrying everyones share of ill luck……..

    Care to list the negatives and what does carrying everyone`s share of ill luck actually mean ?

    Take it he`s not one of your favorite`s, what is it about him you dont like ?

  • chuck

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #38

    Actually Trapitonni would love to have him back playing for Ireland (no pun intended) recognising his talent.
    As for Citeh, how many of the original side are left since the new owners took over ?
    Villa?, Gerald Houllier has taken a side full of talent and turned them into a side fighting relegation.
    We should be glad Houllier is such a poor judge of talent and we have a shot at getting a good young player, not slagging him, for whatever personal reasons.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #39

    I said before we signed him (thankfully only on loan) that the bloke’s head was not in the right place and this is a classic example of that.

    If he truly wanted to make an impression at this club he would leave his g/f’s bedside and start the impressing process to the club who could be paying his wages soon. After all there’s only five games left after this one.

    If he doesnt make the team or the bench I think thats a good enough reason to say Goodbye to the bloke and let him rot in someone else’s reserve team.

  • ddmacker

    Apr 18, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m trying not to be negative about this but time is running out and every time we hear he is going to play something happens. What was it the last time an interview which was misunderstood, the club rules broken, a granny died, a miscarrage, now a car accident? Its excuse after excuse . Would I want to work if I was being paid 70,000 a week for not working? No I’de be out on the toon and buying pubs in Stockport. If we sign him it will be excuse after excuse because he is an individual not a team player.


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