Menu

Manchester City Boss Tries to Force Stephen Ireland Into Eastlands Exit

Eastlands boss is not very subtle.

Bet £10 on Spurs to win the FA Cup with PaddyPower and get £20 free!

Join the Free CaughtOffside Fantasy Football League and Win £20k! CaughtOffside Fantasy Football League – PIN Number 1312

Aug. 01, 2010 - 06259568 date 31 07 2010 Copyright imago BPI Amantino Mancini 30 of Inter Milan tangles with Stephen Ireland of Manchester City PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUKxFRAxNEDxESPxSWExPOLxCHNxJPN Baltimore men Football 2011 try out Action shot Vdig xmk 2010 vertical premiumd Football.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes the time has come for Stephen Ireland to leave Eastlands.

The former Republic of Ireland international has spent his entire career with City and is on a long-term contract with the club.

Ireland has been tipped to join Aston Villa as part of the deal that sees James Milner join City, although a pay-off is curtailing the deal.

Italian tactician Mancini knows Ireland is a good player, but feels the time has now come for the 23-year-old to grow elsewhere.

“Stephen Ireland is a good player but he has been here all his life and he needs to change,” said Mancini.

“Sometimes it can happen that a player stays with the same squad for 15 years and plays well but a moment arrives when he needs to change.

“Now is time for him. I really think he can improve.” (Sky Sports)

Roughly translated this appears to mean “Please leave as I really want to get James Milner!”. Whilst Roberto Mancini isn’t being overly subtle he is actually completely correct. The Irish international playmaker does not have a future at Man City so would be best off moving as soon as possible so as not to end up rotting on the Eastlands bench. In fact it could be even worse than that, as he is unlikely to make the club’s 25 man Premier League squad so wouldn’t even be allowed to be a bench warmer!

Join the Best Football Manager game now, Its Free!

More Stories Manchester City FC Stephen Ireland