Martin O’Neill undecided on disciplinary action

Sunderland winger James McCleanMartin O’Neill is considering punishing his Republic of Ireland international James McClean after his foul-mouthed tweet criticising his international manager.

The two are set for discussions today after McClean’s public criticism of Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection policy.

McClean has spoke over the phone to his club side manager but will discuss the matter further with the Ulsterman today when the Sunderland first team reconvene after the international break.

O’Neill said: “It did happen out there. That’s not absolving ourselves of responsibility, but it was on international duty and he did phone me to apologise.

“We’ll have some discussions with him, but I can’t really say about disciplining him until he gets back here.”

It is not the first time the 23 year old has been in trouble regarding the social network site, the ex Derry City midfielder received death threats after mocking Northern Ireland fans on Twitter.

Now McClean is set to take a permanent break from tweeting to concentrate on his football, Sunderland’s boss added, “I think he has to learn. He wouldn’t be the first player to be disappointed to be left out of a team.

“This time last year James wasn’t under consideration for anything. It’s been a great rise and now he just has to settle down, which I think he will do.”