James McClean vented his frustration after Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni left him on the bench to watch his team-mates struggle to a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan tonight.
Trapattoni has been under pressure this summer after the country’s dismal showing at Euro 2012, but he saw his Republic of Ireland side put on arguably the worst performance of his four-and-a-half year tenure on Friday night.
Kazakhstan, who are ranked 142nd in the world, outplayed the Republic in Astana and took the lead nine minutes before half-time through Kairat Nurdauletov. The former Soviet Republic had two more opportunities to extend their lead but they collapsed in a frenetic final two minutes which saw the visitors snatch victory thanks to goals from Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle.
Trapattoni brought Doyle and Shane Long off the bench but left McClean to watch the final minutes unfold from the sidelines despite his outstanding form for Sunderland so far this season, a move that has clearly enraged the 23-year-old.
Tweeting from his official account @JMcC_23, the winger said, “Delighted as a fan we got the win.. Personal level #fuming #fuckinnjoke #embarrassing.” The tweet was later deleted.
Trapattoni is aware of McClean’s rant and the former Derry City man could now face a fine or may be kicked out of the Republic’s squad for their upcoming friendly against Oman at Craven Cottage on Tuesday, a game in which he probably would have started.