McClean Twitter rant sure to throw Republic of Ireland future into doubt
James McClean should maybe think about handing his phone and laptop to his big pal David Meyler when he has something to say. Meyler providing a vetting service may be in the best interests of McClean’s career after yet another ill advised outburst on Twitter last night. Following on from what some described an offensive joke last month, McClean has now used the social networking site to share his continuing discontent with his autonomy in the Ireland set up.
For anyone who missed his tweet, it read:
“Delighted as a fan we got the win.. Personal level #fuming #****** joke #embarassing”
Now we all probably echo James’ thoughts about this whole issue. I’m pretty sure the entire Irish nation all do also. With all due respect to Simon Cox, he’s a centre forward who plays in The Championship, not an international class left winger. I’m not entirely sure what more James can do to cement his place in the side other than put in consistent and effective performances in the Premier League.
But while James may have valid reasoning for his latest outburst, you don’t need me to tell you that he should really refrain from public rants of this nature and should simply let the media, fans and his own performances continue to do his talking for him. Players are media trained these days and it often makes for tedious and predictable responses to questions from the written press and T.V reporters. Moments like this, however, go some way to justifying why this is common place. No matter how refreshing it may be to see a player vent his frustrations at, let’s face it, a display of ridiculous footballing judgement, this is McClean’s profession and he can only but respect his manager’s decision- at least in public.
Judging by Mr Trapattoni’s previous reactions to people questioning his methods, James could well be joining Steven Fletcher in the international wilderness. He even appeared to take exception to the Ireland fans giving james a superstar’s welcoming on his debut. Trapattoni’s talk of playing him out of position almost seems illogical enough to indicate that he wants him to fail; as if to prove he knows better than us mere mortals. Well James has given him the perfect excuse to exclude him entirely now. The whole Ireland regime bears a striking resemblance to how Peter Reid played sheriff on Wearside; display any discontent and you’re out. It’s my way or the highway.
From a really selfish viewpoint, Fletcher and McClean concentrating solely on their Sunderland careers can only be a good thing. It’s a crying shame, however, that McClean seems to have limited his chances of continuing his rapid development on an even bigger stage.
*Since this piece went live, James has apologised for his tweet, admitting it was disrespectful and stupid. Although somewhat inevitable it is still commendable that he has addressed the matter with reasonable haste. Let’s hope the apology rewards him with further chance to showcase his wonderful talent.