Thursday 22 March 2018

An Irish International is moving to a new Premier League club just days after slamming his manager Newsdesk Newsdesk

Marc Wilson is leaving Stoke City after six seasons just days after a Twitter outburst directed at manager Mark Hughes.

The Irish international missed the majority of last season - and Euro 2016 - with a knee injury and took to social media last week to vent his frustration at the limited chances he has been given to prove his fitness.

"It would actually help if we ever did any defensive training which we don't," was one of the angry remarks posted by the defender.

Hughes addressed the comments bluntly in his pre-match press conference ahead of Stoke's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, indicating that Wilson's time at the club was at an end.

“He maybe expressed himself in the wrong way," Hughes said.

“It’s fair to say that Marc feels his future lies elsewhere. It’s fair to say I probably agree with him."

The Stoke manager didn't waste any time in organising a deal for the defender, with John Percy of the Daily Telegraph reporting that Bournemouth are set to sign Wilson for £2m.

Ireland have a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in September and further games against Georgia and Moldova in October, so Wilson will be hoping to catch Martin O'Neill's eye at his new club over the next few weeks to ensure he is back in the selection discussion.

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