Giovanni Trapattoni has said that James McClean could have been dropped for his Twitter outburst following last Friday’s 2-1 escape from Kazakhstan in which the Derry man was an unused substitute.
Just after the match McClean tweeted: “Delighted as a fan we got the the win.. Personal level #fuming #fuckinjoke #embarrassing.”
Trapattoni gave the Sunderland winger a dressing down in front the the squad over the incident and has seen received an apology, but the Italian says that under a different manager the incident could have had a different outcome.
“Another manager, English or German, would have said take your bag and go home, but I might need him in the game to score a goal,” Trapattoni said.
The raising of the issue in front of the squad, Trap said also had the desired effect, “he was mortified. If he could have, he would have eaten his words. He was very apologetic.
“I said to everyone this is not about respect for the manager, this is about respect for everyone. I said the players are your colleagues.”
The Italian warned that no player should feel they deserve a place in the team, before saying that was the last he would speak about the issue.
“If I don’t play him, I can play others. There was Stephen Kelly and Kevin Doyle on the bench. They have many caps.
“The matter is closed now. With the young we need to have patience. Sometimes they say things they regret.”