Sunderland boss O’Neill: McClean has been ‘acting rather strangely’
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says James McClean has been "acting rather strangely" after the winger's Twitter rant
Martin O’Neill says James McClean has been “acting rather strangely” as the Sunderland boss criticised the Republic of Ireland winger’s Twitter rant.
The Sunderland star expressed his dissatisfaction at being an unused substitute in Ireland’s 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan in a foul-mouthed Tweet last Friday.
Giovanni Trapattoni criticised the former Derry City midfielder for his post on the social network, although the Ireland manager opted against dropping McClean from his squad.
Now, the 23-year-old’s club manager O’Neill issued his support for Trapattoni, revealing McClean had since closed his Twitter account.
“He has even admitted himself he has been rather foolish,” said O’Neill. “He has taken himself off Twitter, apparently then he might have a situation with Facebook as well and about 14 other accounts that he has.
“He does know the [club] rules. They were read to him, they were given to him, he was there that day – and not only that, some of his language was pretty poor and we will have to deal with that.
“James has been acting rather strangely. It’s good when the player not only wants to play, but he also wants to manage the team as well.
“James is rather young for that at the moment. I think Mr Trapattoni has got a couple of years on him and a couple of titles too in front of James, so I think he’s entitled to pick the team.”
McClean scored five goals in 23 appearances for the Black Cats last season, leading to his first Ireland cap against the Czech Republic in May.