James mcclean

Give new boss a chance: McClean

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. INPHO/RYAN BYRNE

Irish international James McClean has responded to comments made by former internationals Gary Breen and Stephen Hunt about the new Republic of Ireland manager, Stephen Kenny. Breen recently said on Newstalk radio that Kenny still has “a lot to prove” in his new role, while Hunt suggested to Sky Sports that some senior players in the squad might be unconvinced by the new boss.

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James McClean playing for Ireland last year. INPHO/JAMES CRUMB[/caption]

Speaking to the Derry Journal, McClean said: “I have seen a few comments from a few players, for example Gary Breen. I think Gary has spent too much time in England. I’m pretty sure Gary doesn’t know much about the League of Ireland. The fact he said Stephen has failed everywhere other than Dundalk proves that point. Gary doesn’t know the League of Ireland. If he did, he would know Stephen fully deserves this job and he hasn’t been a failure anywhere else. I have also seen people like Stephen Hunt saying senior players are going to be worried and this and that, but Stephen Hunt’s international career didn’t really pull up many trees. I don’t think Stephen is going to be too worried about what Stephen Hunt has had to say because he hasn’t pulled up a lot of trees throughout his international career.’’ Luckily McClean has deleted his Twitter account otherwise we would have seen an on-line spat between himself and Hunt.

-- Sean Creedon