There is a lot of healthy competition for worst Newcastle transfer story but the one today claiming United want Stephen Ireland in January…is surely even worse than the latest Andy Carroll nonsense.

It is Talksport who have claimed that Newcastle want Stephen Ireland to give them ‘much-needed experience’ in the second half of the season, just like they claim he did during his previous time at Newcastle United.

They say that shortly Ireland will return from injury and that Newcastle will then have a straight fight with Villa for his services, either on loan or a permanent deal.


‘Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland will be a January target for former clubs Aston Villa and Newcastle when he returns from injury.

Ireland has played for both Villa and Newcastle before and could once again offer them much-needed experience – possibly on loan.’

Almost five years ago, Alan Pardew thought it would be a good idea to bring in Stephen Ireland.

At the same time as he watched Andy Carroll walk out of the door, Mike Ashley generously allowed Pardew to bring in Stephen Ireland until the end of the season.

In a competition with Facundo Ferreyra who didn’t play a single minute of football for Newcastle, it would be hard to say whether Stephen Ireland’s 49 minutes (two brief sub appearances) in five months for United were any better.

The player was stupid, and unprofessional, enough to infamously tell the Ireland team set-up that his two grandmothers and another female relative had died, simply to get time off from international duty…they were all actually still alive.

At Newcastle he made most headlines by going nightclubbing with Leon Best the night before a Newcastle match and posing for pictures, both players breaking club rules and getting disciplined, even though they weren’t involved the next day as they were out ‘injured’.

Yes, I can just see Mike Ashley paying Stephen Ireland another half year’s worth of wages so Newcastle can utilise the 29 year old’s invaluable ‘experience’.

Newcastle are desperate for better central midfield players but if Stephen Ireland is the answer then I would struggle to know what the question was.