James McClean was involved in a tunnel bust-up with his teammates as his Stoke City side fell to another defeat in what has been a dismal Championship campaign thus far for the recently relegated outfit.
The Potters remain without a victory after four games; they have drawn two and lost two. Their two-point haul sees them sit in the relegation zone as pressure mounts on the players and manager Gary Rowett.
Rowett confirmed to the media after their loss 3-0 loss to Wigan that McClean was involved in an altercation with Stoke teammates Jack Butland and Ryan Shawcross at halftime.
Amazing scenes at half-time…looked like Jack Butland and James McClean had a difference of opinion heading towards the sheds that led to McClean sprinting after his goalkeeper and into the tunnel…where's tunnel-cam when you need it?!?!? #wafc
— Paul Kendrick (@PKendrickWIG) August 22, 2018
Rowett went on to describe his team as “weak and pathetic” and the 44-year-old is determined to make changes if that sees his team reverse their current slump.
“Reputations now mean nothing,” Rowett told the media after the game.
“I’ve got to start picking the team on which players deserve to be in, not which players have played in the Premier League for 10 years.
“It was weak and pathetic and if you do that you’re going to lose games of football.
“When you’re not winning games everybody gets a bit edgy and frustrated. We’ve got to take collective responsibility, it’s no good fighting between ourselves.”
The Potters’ next game in the Championship is a clash at home against Hull City.