Thursday 18 January 2018

'Bang out of order' - James McClean takes aim at Ireland critics with emotional statement

Seamus Coleman, left, and James McClean after Danish defeat. Photo: Sportsfile
Seamus Coleman, left, and James McClean after Danish defeat. Photo: Sportsfile

James McClean has expressed his heartache following last night's defeat to Denmark and sent a message to critics of the Irish players and management team in a passionate post on social media.

McClean, Ireland's player of the tournament, struggled to find words when interviewed by RTE's Tony O'Donoghue on the pitch following last night's 5-1 defeat at the Aviva Stadium.

The bitterly disappointed Derryman held back the tears and admitted that the team "let themselves down" on the night.

Today, McClean took to Instagram and took aim at Ireland's critics stating that some "over the top comments" are "bang out of order".

Here is McClean's full post:

"Last night is going to hurt deep for a long long time, nothing can change or make what happend last night right, of course everyone is entitled to voice their opinion because it was simply not good enough from us on the night, we know that ourselves, but to stick the boot in and kick players and staff when they are down ( players and staff have been great servants to this country, players and staff that have qualified for a major tournament and was unlucky to be knocked out to a great team in the last 16, players and staff that was one game from making it to a world cup, players and staff that would give anything for this great country! ) with some over the top beyond football comments is bang out of order, hurting or not and trust me when a say this we hurt every bit as much as you do.. i am proud and honoured to be a irish man and to call everyone of these men fellow country men and team mates! Like a said this will hurt deep, we have been written of so many times before an just like before we will bounce back!"

 

It's not clear exactly who McClean's comments are directed at.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill walked out of his post-match interview with RTE's Tony O'Donoghue while former players Keith Andrews and Gary Breen also aimed criticism towards the team.

"That was pure torture," said Andrews on Sky Sports post-match coverage.

"I cannot believe what I've witnessed tonight. I really can't. I spoke at the top of the show about getting the balance right of what we did on Saturday, defensively, to how we would forge our way into the game in an attacking sense with possession.

"I've just witnessed gung-ho football. I thought the first-half was silly in terms of how we set up. To witness what we witnessed here tonight... it beggars belief. Clueless. Absolutely clueless."

RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy said that Ireland were repeatedly punished for their errors and that that type of defeat has been looming for this Irish team for sometime.

"It was a humiliation," said Dunphy on RTE's post-match coverage.

"In James McClean's case, you have to ask where was he playing? James McClean is a left winger, he does all his damage out there. He didn't play there tonight. It's very sad to to see someone like James heartbroken.

"I don't think you could fault the players for effort but there was a lot wrong out there and it was punished. First of all, we should say that it was a fantastic performance by [Christian] Eriksen, celebrates everything that's good in the game and he showed it. We got punished for our errors but we made a lot of errors.

"The team was wrong, the substitutions were drastically wrong. Taking off two midfield players in [David] Meyler and [Harry] Arter and putting on Wesley [Hoolahan] and [Aiden] McGeady, there's no sense there, and you leave a big hole in front of the back four for him [Eriksen] and all the others to exploit.

"We've had a right hiding but it's been coming. We're not doing things right. That short corner - they say Martin O'Neill doesn't work on the training ground, nobody knows and comes in an hour before kick-off and all of that stuff - and that's somehow regarded as a virtue? It's not. It's 50 years ago. You work on the training ground and you work on things like that.

"All these things add up and then you play a good side and you get a hiding."

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