By Andrew Kennedy
4 Mar 2011 10:24:00
Premier League,Stephen Ireland of Aston Villa(Getty Images)
The 24-year-old, who has yet to feature for Newcastle since joining on loan following a disappointing six month spell at Aston Villa, is set to make his Newcastle debut on Saturday at home to Everton but believes he was forced out of Eastlands.
“Mancini never liked me,” he said to French magazine So Foot. “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.”
Ireland also blasted Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni and declared he will never play for the national team. The midfielder hasn’t played for his country since 2008 after falsely claiming his grandmother had died in order to pull out of a Euro qualifier against the Czech Republic.
“I won’t come back. 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.
“International soccer doesn’t interest me. Going away for three days to play in Andorra – I’ve got better things to do.”
Ireland went on to dismiss the expertise of current boss Trapattoni, claiming the Italian was arrogant.
“I’ve never seen anyone so arrogant,” Ireland continued. “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.”
The Irishman’s hometown of Cork was also subject to the midfielder’s rant, claiming he would rather “shoot” himself than return.
“Ireland is reaping what it sowed,” he said. “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.”