In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Howey, who made 157 appearances for Newcastle United, has claimed that Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady was not given an opportunity to put himself in the shopping window to leave Sunderland.
He saw himself out of the first-team picture for the first half of the season under former boss Phil Parkinson, however under current manager Lee Johnson, McGeady had been in fine form before Sunderland’s current poor run of form.
Speaking on why McGeady must play better if he is to get a transfer away from Sunderland and how it didn’t make sense for him to not play under Parkinson, Howey told FFC:
“He’s a very good player, and I think under the last manager it never really worked but for me, if he didn’t like him then that’s fine, but why would you tell a very good player to train with the kids?
“If he wants to be away then the manager could have played him and basically said ‘if you want to be away, then I’m going to play you and then it’s up to you to perform and get your move away. If you don’t, then you’re stuck here’.”
Sunderland can now only go up from League One automatically if Peterborough fail to pick up another point this season after their dreadful run of one win in their last seven games so they will have to once again, try and go up via the playoffs.
McGeady’s current contract at the Stadium of Light is set to expire this summer as the club decided whether or not to offer the 35-year old a new contract.