Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More to the Ireland issue?

Has the Stephen Ireland issue got the potential to be a little more serious than first envisaged?

Left out of the squad on Sunday for the Villa game, not as a disciplinary measure but more that he was perhaps not 100% focused on the game following the midweek incident that saw him leave the Ireland camp ahead of the Euro qualifier.

Sven-Goran Eriksson (and the club) had appeared to be very supportive of the player but The Times reports that Eriksson was less than happy he had not returned to training and has urged him to see a psychologist to resolve problems, all of which suggests there maybe a far greater issue than first thought for him wanting to leave the squad.

In a move which also may not endear him to many, Ireland (or 'Daddy Dick' to give his profile name) has reportedly declared (via Bebo) football to 'be shit' and bemoaned the fact that he has got 'stuck doin it'. The Times reports this as being flippant more than anything, but flippant comments sometimes have a nasty habit of backfiring on you.

One thing in Ireland's favour in all of this is that Eriksson is known as a staunch supporter of his players and I don't see a situation where he will be admonished (publicly at least) and much like with players in the past I think the club will provide whatever support is required, but it maybe that we don't see Ireland back on the pitch for a little while.

vote it up!

1 comment:

Wigan Blue said...

Everyone is entitled to at least 3 grandmother's funerals off per year. And what a lovely surprise it must have been for these two ladies to have found themselves bouncing with energy when called back from the brink of the great grannydom in the sky.

Lighten up for God's sake! The poor sod had enough to contend with in the circumstances surrounding his girlfriend and her loss. Sometimes you do say the first thing that comes into your head.

And now the poor lad's been saddled with a bloody psychiatrist as well. Just when you think the day can't get any worse.....

Get back on there Stevie baby, link up with MJ, and put all this shit behind you.

And my deepest commisserations to your girlfriend and yourself.