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James McClean takes aim at Michael O’Neill in cheeky Instagram post

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James McClean has been in great form…

Ireland international James McClean has taken aim at Michael O’Neill in a cheeky Instagram post, following Wigan Athletic’s promotion to the Championship from League One.

McClean completed a miraculous return from injury to play for the Latics in their final day win away to Shrewsbury Town, securing their promotion as league winners.

The Derryman, who has already ‘trolled‘ Bolton boss Ian Evatt following promotion, has now taken aim at his former Stoke City boss, Michael O’Neill.

“Not a bad end to a season considering it started in the pre season with a handful of kids in the 23s..”

Last summer, prior to his departure, McClean was forced to train with Stoke City’s U23s, with O’Neill left unimpressed that the Irish international went on international duty, while nursing an injury.

As a result, he eventually left the Potters, re-joining Wigan Athletic in League One.

After securing promotion, McClean has since written on social media, reflecting on his remarkable season, while also taking one last cheeky dig at his former boss at Stoke.

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“Where to start.. what a season, this group of players, the staff, the fans.. what a club,” he began. “Immensely proud to be part of it.

“In my opinion the strongest league one probably ever and for us to finish on top is a great testament to all the hard work put in all season and in doing shows we are the best team in the league.. fact.

“To share yesterday with my wains and family too on the pitch are just priceless moments. Not a bad end to a season considering it started in the pre season with a handful of kids in the 23s because I hurt someone’s ego 🥴 HIP HIP hurray.


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“To end and as a good Irishman once said “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise.. to absolutely nobody.

“See yas in the Champ.. up the tics!”

James McClean.

As a result of securing promotion, McClean is now likely to play against his former boss next season in the Championship.

During the 2021/22 campaign, Stoke missed out on the play-offs, but have recorded some impressive recent results under the former Northern Ireland, and Shamrock Rovers boss.

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O’Neill currently has one year remaining on his deal with Stoke.

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