McClean future in doubt after Wolfe Tones tweet earns fine
Sunderland's James McClean has been fined two weeks' wages for tweeting about a Wolfe Tones song and faces an uncertain future as Martin O'Neill is growing weary of dealing with the troublesome winger.
McClean had already irritated O'Neill by re-opening his Twitter account, despite repeated warnings, and has now breached club rules regarding the use of social networking sites for a third time in 18 months.
The Republic of Ireland international from Derry, who rejected the chance to play for Northern Ireland and refused to wear a poppy on his Sunderland shirt to commemorate Remembrance Day, professed his love on Twitter last week for the song, 'The Broad Black Brimmer'.
The song is about a boy whose father is killed fighting for the IRA and is a reference to the wide-brimmed hats worn by IRA members during the Irish War of Independence.
The 23-year-old's problems are not confined to misguided use of the internet.
It is understood that McClean has annoyed team-mates with his attitude in training and is in danger of becoming ostracised.
Coaching staff have noted his aloofness and O'Neill is wary of rifts growing. Unless there is a marked improvement between now and the end of the season, McClean is likely to be sold in the summer. (© Daily Telegraph, London)