Stephen Ireland wants Villa chance

Stephen Ireland is determined to make an impact at Aston Villa this season and has admitted that he was sent to Newcastle against his own will.

Ireland made the move to Villa Park last year but struggled to win a regular place making just 12 appearances before being shipped off to St James Park, where injury restricted him to just two appearances.

Having falling out of favour under former boss Gerrard Houiller, Ireland will be hoping that the man in charge, Alex McLeish will give him more of a chance.

Speaking to Sky Sports news, the Cork native said “I’ve come back this year really determined and really ready to give it a good shot, and hopefully this manager gives me a fair go, which I haven’t had in a while,”

That’s all I’m asking for, is a fair shot. I’m not asking for special treatment, I’m just asking for a fair crack at playing.

“It’s very difficult for confidence. Like you say I was a fans’ favourite (at City), and that’s what I wanted to become here, have that same support of the fans

“I haven’t played five games in a row since Mark Hughes (was City manager), so it’s not as if I’ve played in 20 or 30 games and not done anything.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to perform to even be in that situation. I came in for training and went home. My job was just training, that was it.”

Regarding his winter move to the North East, the 24 year old said: “I got sent to Newcastle basically against my own will.

“I came here as a new signing, and I was here to play every second of every game. I came here really determined and wanted to kick on.

“I came here under Kevin MacDonald and everything seemed fine and was going in the right direction.

“Gerard came in, and everyone has their own opinions, and I wasn’t for him I guess.” will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.


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