REPUBLIC of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle has revealed how the team’s senior players quickly put international fledgling James McClean in his place in the wake of the Sunderland winger’s Twitter attack on the Irish management.
The Black Cats’ wideman used the social media site to vent his frustration at being left as an unused substitute during the Republic’s narrow 2-1 win in Kazakhstan on Friday.
McClean was angry at not being involved in the opening 2014 World Cup qualifier which the Republic came within a whisker of losing.
But he made the mistake of airing his anger publicly, swearing on Twitter and describing the situation as a “joke”, adding that he felt “embarrassed” at not being sent on by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.
McClean quickly deleted the tweet, apologised for the rant and has subsequently closed his Twitter account.
But Doyle said the 23-year-old was still given a severe telling off by several team-mates who told him he had gone way too far.
“We found out about it pretty much straight away and we said it to him straight away – it’s not acceptable,” explained Doyle.
“We ended up joking about it the next day,” he added.
“It’s been good because it has probably got him integrated in to the group a bit more because we have all been taking the mickey out of him.
“We were thinking of getting him to sing in front of the group again – that made him nervous enough. I think he nearly cried the first time he did it!
“A few of the lads find it quite traumatic when they stand up in front of us, so it might have been good for him.”
The Republic face Oman in a friendly at Fulham’s Craven Cottage tonight with McClean expected to be on the bench again at kick-off while Trapattoni continues to experiment.
Whether the young Sunderland winger gets on the pitch tonight remains to be seen but if he does not, there will be no public complaints from him this time.