James McClean believes that the speculation surrounding Republic of Ireland manager, Stephen Kenny is ‘fickle’ ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Serbia. Serbia is currently top of Group A with the Irish facing a must-win to harbour any hopes of earning a playoff spot. There are reports that a negative result could lead to the departure of Kenny. McClean did not shrug away from the responsibility of a poor showing so far but believes the media want to see the team fail.
“We have to just rally around them and tell them just to pay no attention because funnily enough, the media in Ireland is just as bad, if not worse, than the media in England,” James McClean said on the pressure on the Republic of Ireland head coach Stephen Kenny. They [the media] kind of get a kick out of us not doing well. It’s a shame really, but as senior players, we have been here a long time, we know how it works and the young players need to learn, so we just have to tell them, ‘You know what, it’s part and parcel of football, pay no attention.”
“People are fickle. As soon as we start winning games, then you’re the best in the world again,” he added. “Look, it’s always difficult when you’re not winning games. I don’t want to use a cop-out and say it’s a transition period because I think that’s easy to cling on to,” McClean added. We need to start winning games and when we do, the criticism goes away. We have got another chance to do that on Tuesday.”