Ireland throws full support behind Man City boss Mancini
Ireland was close to Mark Hughes, but says it's now time for the players to get behind the new manager.
"The change of manager was a shock to the system for everyone in the dressing room, we didn’t really see it coming,” he told City's website. “But we are professionals and we have to get on with it.
“For me I have already played under loads of managers here. They have come and gone and it is a shame. It could happen to anyone in football, including me. It is a shame for the people involved but you have to put it behind you as quickly as possible.
“Football moves on very quickly. We have to train every day and prepare for games and there is no time to dwell on these things and get over them. You have to respect the decision and adjust to the new manager’s ideas and get used to his ways.
“If you want to be part of things here and be part of where we are going then you have to just get on with things.
“Roberto Mancini got everyone together and is keen for the staff to bond as quickly as possible with the players. The new manager has encouraged us to play football on the floor and only play it long as a last resort.”