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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ireland should put pride ahead of pay-packet

Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

THE story of Stephen Ireland is fast becoming one of those emblematic tales that define the madness of the Premier League.

He draws home more in a week (£65,000, or €77,000) than the aggregate annual pay of three graduate nurses, yet has effectively been surplus to requirements at Aston Villa since December.

Villa are now said to be willing to "accept a significant loss" on the £8m they paid for the Corkman (left), who still has a year left on his contract. I don't doubt they are.

Trouble is, another year of inactivity in Birmingham will be worth approximately £3.4m to Ireland. In other words, unless Villa choose to cut their losses with a deal, professional pride can be his only motivation to leave.

Looks like he's staying in claret and blue then.

Irish Independent

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