‘Filled with bitterness’ Aston Villa fans react to those manager comments
Aston Villa fans have been having their say on THAT explosive interview from former Villan Stephen Ireland.
Ireland spent four years at Villa Park after being part of the deal that saw James Milner head to Manchester City. Signed by Martin O’Neill, Ireland was left to play under Gerard Houllier after the former left the club in shocking fashion soon after his arrival.
The Republic of Ireland international failed to see eye to eye with Houllier, who claimed the midfielder needed to work harder to be a part of his first team.
And now Ireland has revealed that the ill feelings were more than mutual, with him labelling his former boss ‘horrendous’.
“I’ve played for a few really, really horrendous managers,” he told The Athletic .
“I thought one in particular was Gerard Houllier. It baffles me how that guy has ever got a football job, and it scares me. It makes me think that I could easily be a manager if he’s doing it, my gardener could easily be a manager if he’s got a job, because I thought he was that bad.
“Every team talk Gerard Houllier gave was about his time at Liverpool. He was like: ‘Come on guys, because I told Steven Gerrard and Danny Murphy this, and they went out and done this in the second half.’ I’m thinking: ‘You’re trying to get us riled up for the second half by telling us about Steven Gerrard and Danny Murphy?’ Honestly, you would see everybody giving each other the eyes.
“I didn’t think he had a clue about football. Everybody is training like maniacs to get in the team on Saturday and I remember he was four football fields away looking at the flowers and walking around with his hands behind his back. How is he picking the team on a Saturday? It’s frightening, frightening. That’s what killed me.”
We’ve taken a look on social media to get a taste of how the supporters that used to watch him every week, felt about his comments.
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Dean Gough: The Villa squad he was part of regularly said that he was amazing in training but he never carried that on to the pitch, he is obviously going to regret his wasted talent, just getting his excuses in early.
Neil Alder: Sorry, Ireland proved during his time with Villa and afterwards that he was a waste of space
Les Wilson: Stephen Ireland didn’t play for Villa…. He played for himself…
Kristian Pisano: Houllier’s CV speaks for itself and he doesn’t need to justify himself just because Stephen Ireland didn’t like him. His comments are clearly exaggerated and filled with bitterness.
ArksenAlex: Damming quotes from Stephen Ireland on a certain ex manager , baffles me that some supporters never give this guy pelters . He was hated by the players & ive never in all my years supporting villa seen someone been so openly disrespectful of the club he was managing
MeanGene: There is no way Houlier could have been as bad a manager as Ireland was a player. Ireland is rich from football and that is tragic
Stikkki: Hopefully the days of isolating players & the craziness of the bomb squad are long gone, those times are an embarrassment but the way the club released players & paid off contracts this summer showed a much maturer approach than like sticking £24m Bent in the reserves getting £65k a week