Sunderland Boss Martin O’Neill Angry With Winger James McLean Over Twitter Rant

O’Neill keen to speak to the Republic of Ireland player after comments while on international duty.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is angry with winger James McLean over comments the Republic of Ireland player made on Twitter about not being included in Giovanni Trapattoni’s starting line-up.

Mclean was left on the bench as his national side triumphed 2-1 over Kazakhstan and took to Twitter after the match in an outburst against the selection of Italian coach Trapattoni, decribing his lack of playing time as a “joke”.

His club boss Martin O’Neill has now demanded talks with the player over his conduct, with the comments and actions of sports stars ever in the spotlight now with the increasingly wide usage of social media tools such as Twitter to express feelings, according to BBC Sport.

McLean has since apologised for what he described as “stupid and disrepesctful” behaviour, but O’Neill will want to make a point to the 23-year-old that such behaviour is unacceptable.

The manager has stated that McLean should leave it to national boss Trapattoni to select the team and not pass public judgement on his decisions.

McLean has made just 5 appearances for the republic of Ireland since his debut earlier this year.

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