^ what's next? a black manager and owner?
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First Dunne then Bellamy with Tevez now Ireland. ManSh*tty -- bunch of knobheads.Stephen Ireland blasts Manchester City after leaving for Aston Villa
Stephen Ireland last night lifted the lid on life at Manchester City with an astonishing attack on his former club. Ireland, who joined Aston Villa this week as part of the deal that took James Milner in the opposite direction, tore into everyone, from the manager Roberto Mancini to the club's "money-obsessed" young players, as he revealed the full extent of his anger at the way he has been treated.
The Irishman was prevented from discussing the details of the financial pay-off he received from City because of a confidentiality agreement he has signed – he is believed to have picked up a little more than half the £2m he was demanding – but every other subject was considered fair game as he reeled off a list of complaints that painted a bleak picture of his final 12 months at City. Ireland's tirade included:
• Warning James Milner he will get a shock if he thinks the grass is greener at City
• Claiming Mancini has no relationship with any of the players
• Insisting he is as good as if not better than any of the new signings
• Accusing City's young players of wearing £10,000 watches and believing they are Premier League stars
• Describing City as a club where loyalty is no longer recognised
• Branding Mancini's criticism of his attitude unfair because he was the "best player in training"
It was a remarkable assault on City and will make for uncomfortable reading when the club's officials, players and supporters wade though Ireland's diatribe. The midfielder, who is expected to make his Villa debut at Newcastle on Sunday on his 24th birthday, spoke about City as if they were a club he could not wait to leave. "I think Aston Villa got a really good deal," he said. "I guess James Milner must think the grass is greener on the other side. He's going to get a shock soon because it's definitely not that way.
"I've really landed on my feet here. I think it's a family club and one that will get the best out of me. I am actually shocked at how good it is. I've settled in so well, so fast. Even the young lads are so polite. I'm actually quite shocked with that. At City they're not like that. They're coming in with £10,000 watches on their wrists and walking around as if they have played 200 Premier League games."
Ireland, who has a reputation for spending his own money quite lavishly, came through City's youth system and spent nine years at the club, but he felt as though the service he gave them counted for nothing in the end.
"I don't think loyalty is much in anyone's mind at Manchester City," he said. "I felt like I would be next [to leave]. A lot of players felt like that as well – the homegrown guys."
The former City trainee said he had not spoken a word to Mancini before he left although he suggested there is little communication between the manager and his former team-mates full stop. "He doesn't really build relationships with players," said Ireland. "He brought Patrick Vieira in and when I spoke to him about his relationship [with Mancini], he said he doesn't really have one, and he's worked for him for years. I think that's the way he is."
Ireland won the player of the year award at City in 2009 but he was a peripheral figure last season, in particular after Mancini replaced Mark Hughes in December. When asked about Ireland's lack of action last season, the Italian implied the midfielder had an attitude problem, when he claimed he needed to "change his head". Ireland remains deeply upset with those comments.
"I think that was really unfair, all the players know I was the first player into training and the last to leave," he said. "I worked the hardest. With all the heart-rate monitors and tests, I was always No1, far ahead of everyone. You see the performance in training and I was practically always the best player in training. If [Mancini's] standing there watching that, I don't know how he doesn't see that."
Another wave of big names have arrived at Eastlands this summer but Ireland claimed he is as good as any of them. "I'm not really a highly-self-confident person," he said, with no hint of what was to come. "But I can honestly say Manchester City have tried to replace me for the last three or four seasons and it's never happened. I can easily say I've got, if not more ability, as much ability as any player they have signed this year."
Ireland described the way his time with City ended as "heartbreaking" but he is adamant he is heading in the right direction. "I can understand why James Milner has gone there but I can tell him that I'm very happy to leave there and come here," he said. "Some people have used the phrase that I've been forced out. I couldn't be more happy to be forced to come here, to a club like Aston Villa."
Some years ago, and sometimes even now, parang puro blacks din yung Arsenal.
^^ African, French, Dutch and Eastern European - the thing that's common about these players is that their local leagues are relatively small. You can add the Portuguese in that list too. It's not really a matter of race. As for the Brazilians, there's a lot of young Brazilians trying to push through in England right now -the Da Silva brothers, Denilson, Lucas, Gomes,etc.
^ add the comebacking Anderson
William Gallas to Spurs, treason! from Chelski to Arse-nal to Spurs, this man has been London hopping
solid signing for WBA with Odemwingie, he already scored the winner yesterday
Liverpool flop Aquilani loaned to Juve
and Edgar Davids comes back from retirement to play for Crystal Palace, weird
^ Tevez is still with Man City, he just scored a brace against Liverpool last Monday night..
Mereiles and Konchesky ( ) to 'pool
as it stands their best line up IMO:
Oh and Ibra loaned to AC with a fixed fee should AC want to make things permanent.
Ibra and Robinho in on Milan
Klaas out and borrielo might follow out.
alright, the dust has settled, transfer window closed
Borrielo loaned to Roma
Huntelaar reunites with Raul in Schalke
as biteme said, double swoop for Milan
Asamoah Gyan to Sunderland (club record fee)
United starlet Cleverley loaned to Wigan
Drenthe loaned by Real to Hercules
Kaladze leaves Milan for Genoa
Hleb loaned to Birmingham
Franco Di Santo moves to Wigan
Arsenal's Traore loaned to Juve
Camoranesi leaves Juve for Stuttgart
Fernando Morientes has ended his playing career
some older transfers
Ben Afra loaned to Newcastle
Scharner to WBA
Gourcuff to Lyon
Silvestre to Werder Bremen
Beasley to Hannover
Trezeguet to Hercules
DJ Campbell to Blackpool
Insua loaned to Galatasaray
Obinna loaned to West Ham
Not yet over my friend, Sept 1, 6 PM (Central Europe time) is the deadline.
couple of transfers
Aston Villa have confirmed that former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires will sign for the club on a free transfer later this week.
Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Holland midfielder Ibrahim Afellay from PSV Eindhoven in January.