Ireland should put pride ahead of pay-packet
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.