James McClean: The Twit
International breaks tend to be a dull one for Sunderland. Little-to-no England involvement scored another check mark as Adam Johnson withdrew from the squad through injury.
September 19th, 2012
Stephane Sessegnon’s Benin tend to get beat and he usually plays terribly (trust me, I’ve watched), although thankfully this weekend’s game was postponed due to troubles in Egypt.
And on a whole Sweden games and Ireland games tend to be dull. Certainly the case this week for both sides on the pitch, but James McClean managed to cause a bit of a ruckus off it.
For those Sunderland fans who’ve been living under a rock for a week, James McClean took to his favourite media – Twitter – to announce his displeasure at being an unused substitute in Ireland’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan last weekend.
A Tweet in which he seemed to forget it goes out to everyone in the world and a series of expletives showed his full intent – the lad was not happy at all with being left out.
Can we sympathise with him? Absolutely, McClean is a very fine player and likely to be a key component for Ireland over the next decade or so. With Damien Duff now retired from international duty you’d have thought the wing position was his for the taking but as Simon Cox and Jonathan Walters both failed to have any impact on the position, you can certainly understand McClean’s frustration.
However, it still doesn’t make it right.
There’s absolutely no need to say what he said. It’s the sort of thing you just stick to in private and certainly never out loud. I’m sure we’ve all said something derogatory about our bosses from time to time, but we didn’t stand up and shout it in the middle of the office – which is akin to what McClean did.
You could give him a ‘boys will be boys’ talking to if this was the first time, but sadly it isn’t the first time that he’s got himself in a spot of bother on the social networking site. I’m sure we remember him deleting his account following arguments with Northern Irish fans for choosing the Republic, and more recently making a bad taste joke that would have been expected if he was Frankie Boyle, but not a youngster’s icon.
Of course that incident lead to him deleting his account again. Perhaps the third time’s a charm as he came back and acted like a relatively normal footballer/person on there tweeting inane rubbish which interests nobody… then came last weekend.
Twitter has apparently granted us apparently “unprecedented access” to players as we can keep a track on their movements and gain insight to their lives. It’s about time that someone (and we’re talking to you James) gave it a rest for good this time.
Some manage it well. McClean need only to look across the dressing room at Carlos Cuellar or Louis Saha to see that, it’s just not for everyone. Here’s hoping that McClean buckles down and get’s his talking done on the pitch in future. That’s the one way he can make himself indispensible to Ireland as opposed to being a mouthpiece.
Photograph: Scott Heppell/PA