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Man City, Milner and Ireland left in limbo after O’Neill quits?


While Man City’s Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland expected to be a part of any move by James Milner to Man City this week, could both squads now be affected by Martin O’Neill’s departure as Villa manager?

Could Ireland be set for City stay now?

Ireland will presumably not be interested in a move to a club which has just lost one of the finer managers around, until he sees assurances that the job will go to someone who can provide him with (a) first team football – not all managers will fancy Ireland, in part due to his slightly strange mentality and (b) a team that will improve. Aston Villa have certainly improved under O’Neill up until recently when he was criticised for not bringing in enough players, a fact that could be the chairman’s dealing and provide an Achilles heel for the new manager coming in.

Milner may be forced to wait for his move after all, and may now find himself in a worse position than he did before the Man City offer came about. He could now be stuck at Aston Villa if Ireland pulls out of the deal, leaving the England winger at a club without its manager and in a bad way five days before the new campaign.

Milner’s big money move may now be off

The decision by O’Neill also impacts on Man City. Do they now go ahead and just blow the cash on Milner or do they try to pay less, aware that the player wants the move and the club is now in a situation where it is somewhat rudderless? Without O’Neill to try to argue the case for keeping his best players, will Randy Lerner now authorise the sale of Milner and follow suit with Ashley Young, before giving the incoming manager transfer funds to make his mark on the squad….?

Also, Man City could be left with Ireland and the need to desperately trim their squad. As it stands, all seems to be quiet from Roberto Mancini and the board, but surely with squad deadline day just

Mancini has plenty to ponder on

two weeks away there are some nervous folk to be found on the blue side of Manchester. City need homegrown players, but one of them in Ireland is surplus to requirements. Another will surely go in either Given or Hart, while the likes of Michael Johnson is also considered surplus to requirements. All of this means a move by Shaun Wright Philips to Arsenal or Liverpool could be sped up now, with teams possibly able to get a bargain. But City still need to think about getting rid of at least 5-7 players before they even contemplate new faces.

All of which could mean Milner kicking his heels at manager-less Aston Villa.

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