Manchester City's Superman Stephen Ireland Slams Sven's Regime

Perm VacationCorrespondent IJune 19, 2009

HULL, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 16:  Stephen Ireland of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at The KC Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City fans were divided when Sven Goran Eriksson led Manchester City, though I refused to be taken in by a great start to a disgraceful end.

Whether I were in the crowd or watching the big screen I never failed to see Sven for what he really was, a high life guy and pansy man smiling for the cameras while his henchmen did all the dirty work.

Sven knew that Manchester City FC's facilities were below par compared to other Premier League clubs but said or did nothing about it, on match days he sat in his seat watching Manchester City get taken apart, posing for the cameras while his second in command run rule in the technical area, it was like imagining Adolf Hitler saying "Ya ya" while his generals pushed their little toy tanks around the model battlefield.

Getting to the point, Stephen Ireland has come out and strengthened my case that Sven was an utter shambles behind closed doors.

"It was the last day of the season and we had lost 8-1 at Boro," he told Sportsmail in March. "I didn’t get the team bus. I got my girlfriend Jessica to drive me home and I thought to myself: 'This can’t carry on. My career and my reputation are not right'.

"After that game we didn’t even get a b******ing. I was so depressed at seeing that people didn’t really care. People were laughing. It was the worst moment of all for me.

"I decided that wasn’t a route I was going down. I didn’t want to live my life travelling home from big defeats with a smile on my face.

"I just felt like I had to change something after everything that had happened. So, the next day I started training. I went up to the hills in Glossop with a martial arts expert, training from 7 to 11am. I dedicated my whole summer to working with this guy.

"I came back super fit and wanted to be No. 1 in the team."

And so it was to be, Sven was sacked rightfully, thankfully, and 'Superman' Stephen Ireland became City Player of the Year.

Three cheers for Superman Stevie, hip hip...

He is once again tending his Martial Artist intensive training while players take their holidays.