Not-to-be-missed interview in Saturday's Albion News
JAMES McClean has paid tribute to Albion fans who have given him a fair chance after a controversial start to his Hawthorns career.
The Republic of Ireland international accepts he will always be a divisive figure in British football because of his personal views which saw him provoke outrage during the club’s summer trip to the USA.
His refusal to acknowledge the British anthem before one of the games triggered a storm of criticism across the social networks.
There were worries it could ruin his Albion career before it got underway but in his first full and frank interview since that contentious episode, the midfielder makes it clear how much he has appreciated the fair-minded backing of The Hawthorns' faithful.
It’s a must-read conversation with McClean and Albion fans can absorb the full interview in the match programme for this weekend’s game against Sunderland.
In it, he tells Albion News: “My attitude is live and let live, honestly, and I don’t think we should have ideas forced on us just as I don’t want to force my ideas on anybody else.
“The Albion fans have been great to me and I just want to put it out in black and white why I do what I do and give my side of the story.
“I have the greatest respect for their culture and it’s been nice that they seem to have the same for mine. I hope that by saying this, people will realise that I mean no offence, no disrespect to anyone. But I have to stand by my principles.”
McClean also discusses a football journey that has brought him to The Hawthorns via a breakthrough spell with the Black Cats.
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