As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Stoke boss Hughes: Villa frightened of Ireland

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes feels Aston Villa were running scared of Stephen Ireland when they agreed to sell him in January.

Villa included a clause in the contract that prevents the 27-year old from playing today when the Potters visit Villa Park.

And Stoke boss Hughes said: "It is one of those things.

"Aston Villa stipulated that they weren't going to allow the loan deal to be changed unless it was in the contract that Stephen couldn't play against them.

"We had to respect that, or we wouldn't have got the deal done.

"It is a shame for us because Stephen was excellent last weekend against West Ham.

"But I think it shows Aston Villa understand what a good player we have got. So you can understand it from their point of view - they don't particularly want to help us."

 For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook:

Support Tribal Football with this great deal from our partners ExpressVPN. You get an extra three months free with the 12-month plan (a saving of 49%!). All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind. Click here to try now, risk-free for 30 days - and support Tribal Football in the process.

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free