Sunderland winger McClean: O'Neill tremendous for me

Sunderland winger James McClean says his game has rapidly improved working under manager Martin O'Neill.

Sunderland winger James McClean says his game has rapidly improved working under manager Martin O'Neill.

The 23-year-old former Derry City player, who was in the League of Ireland a year ago, joined Sunderland in a £350,000 deal and has been a sensation under O'Neill since the turn of the year.

McClean told Daily Mail: "He has been tremendous to me. He presented me with my opportunity to play in the first team and I think I took full advantage of that. He's kept me on the 'straight and narrow' since then and has helped me improve as a footballer.

"I try to work hard on my game week in and week out in order to improve and I think that has worked for me. Martin O'Neill's appointment has certainly boosted my confidence levels and I can't thank the man enough."

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