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O'Neill warns McClean over Twitter

ESPN staff
November 19, 2013
James McClean was warned during Martin O'Neill's time at Sunderland © PA Photos

Martin O'Neill admits he is disappointed to be speaking about James McClean and social media site Twitter only a few days into his spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland.

O'Neill enjoyed success in his first game in charge with a 3-0 victory over Latvia on Friday in Dublin, but his pre-match conference for Tuesday's clash against Poland was dominated by the latest Twitter controversy surrounding Wigan winger James McClean, who has attracted attention after making negative comments about an article in a Belfast newspaper.

O'Neill was forced to warn McClean over his social media antics during his time in charge at Sunderland and just one game into his reign as Ireland boss, the story is back on his agenda.

"I wasn't overly pleased and I've reminded James, but remember it's been a fairly lengthy time since I last mentioned it to him," said O'Neill. "It is disappointing to [be] talking about James and Tweets again.

"James seems to enjoy the Twittering and his performance (against Latvia on Friday) merited one or two tweets from other people saying how we he had done, rather than James getting embroiled again.

"I don't want to be a guru over this social media but I just think there has to be a bit of responsibility. Sometimes I don't think [players] realise, after all this time, this is a public media and anything you say is just picked up.

"Even before I arrived here there was a match-day ban, or even a two-day ban, and I'm just experiencing these things again but let me have a look at it.

"If I'm going to leave players out if they've tweeted I'll be in serious trouble down the line. If James doesn't start [on Tuesday] night it won't be anything to do with the tweeting but I'll still have to have a word."

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