SUNDERLAND intend to remind James McClean of his responsibilities when he returns to Wearside after the winger became embroiled in another social media row over the weekend.
The Black Cats have long had reservations about McClean’s presence on Twitter and Martin O’Neill is on record as advising him to leave the site after receiving criticism from Northern Ireland fans about his decision to commit his international future to the Republic of Ireland.
Now Sunderland will issue McClean with a fresh reminder about the dangers of posting heated messages on the social network site after a weekend in which he made himself the centre of attention with some ill-advised comments.
McClean has deleted his account following a storm surrounding comments left on the site after Ireland’s narrow victory over Kazakhstan on Friday night.
The winger – who was left out of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni’s starting line-up – said he was “embarrassed” following the game.
And he used expletives to describe the situation as a “joke” – which prompted a furious response from his team-mates, who understandably felt
slighted by his comments. The Journal understands there was a confrontation between the squad and McClean which drew an intervention from Sunderland team-mate John O’Shea and an eventual apology from the midfielder.
He has since repeated that apology to Trapattoni and will now start tomorrow’s friendly against Oman, due to be played at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.
But the fall-out will extend to Wearside, where the entire squad will be reminded of the importance of observing club rules on Twitter.
McClean has subsequently seen the error of his ways and just before closing down his account, he issued an apology in which he admitted that his actions had been “stupid”.
“I apologise for my tweet – it was stupid, disrespectful and I let my frustration get the better of me which still ain’t an excuse,” he said on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sunderland began their loan exodus by allowing Craig Lynch to join Hartlepool on month’s emergency loan.
He played in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Carlisle and there may be more of Sunderland’s players departing on loan over the next few weeks – although Fraizer Campbell will not be among them.
Campbell is one of the names that Huddersfield have considered to fill the void left by Jordan Rhodes.
However, Black Cats manager O’Neill would prefer to keep him at the Stadium of Light and instead allow Ji Dong-Won and Connor Wickham to depart the club on loan.