James McClean blasts Sunderland fans
Wigan winger James McClean has said he left Sunderland because the club's fans hounded him out of the Stadium of Light.
McClean, 23, moved to the Championship side for £1.5 million earlier this month after becoming surplus to requirements under Black Cats manager Paolo Di Canio.
Despite winning Sunderland’s Young Player of the Year award in his first season after arriving from Derry City in 2011, he struggled to recapture the same form last term.
However, McClean, who was involved in a handful of off-field controversies during his time on Wearside, claimed that his exit was down to fan opinion rather than his performances on the pitch.
"Leaving the club was nothing to do with how I was playing," he told the Evening Chronicle. "But it was definitely needed. My time was up at Sunderland -- that’s why I asked to leave.
"It’s never nice when your own fans are booing you before you even get on the pitch. The season before, I was the best thing since sliced bread."