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O'Neill keen for 'chat' with McClean

MARTIN O'Neill plans to hold talks with his former Sunderland protege James McClean after the winger's latest bout of controversy, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

McClean is still making news across the water following his decision to face away from the Union Jack when 'God Save The Queen' was played before a West Brom pre-season game in the USA last week.

O'Neill has already dealt with a McClean controversy - the current Ireland boss was McClean's manager at Sunderland when the player refused to wear a poppy on his shirt in 2012, and O'Neill plans a sit-down with the West Brom man.

"I had James at Sunderland at the time of what you mentioned," O'Neill said in relation to the poppy incident.

"I will hopefully meet him in the next couple of weeks and just maybe have a wee bit of a chat to him and see how he is. I like James a lot, I like him as a player and and as a person. I will have a few words to him, not in a paternal manner, but as coach to player."

West Brom are in action against Walsall tomorrow.