A leaked photo of Aiden McGeady at McDonalds contributes to manager Phil Parkinson put him up for sale, it’s reported.
The former Everton winger was spotted eating at the fast food chain with teammate Chris Maguire hours after Sunderland’s defeat to Gillingham.
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One fan has claimed that the duo could barely be bothered to partake in a half-time warm-up at Priestfield, with both doing a few keepy ups with minimal effort, McGeady then sat on the bench the whole game and Maguire came on at the last minute.
McGeady was told to stay away from the team for having a negative influence on the squad and been transfer listed due to a training ground incident.
Parkinson said: “I got sent the picture. Obviously it’s not professional, is it? So it’s not helpful, but that is not the sole reason why this decision has been made.
“To be fair to Chrissy, in the last three weeks he’s been doing extra training every single day.
“He’s losing weight, he’s getting himself fitter, which he needs to do, and he’s buying into what we’re asking him to do. I’m pleased with that.
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton defended the players: “Footballers eat takeaway shocker… How dare they eat!!! Why don’t we ban footballers from eating anything other than lettuce and carrots! McGeady is 33 and has had a very good career by making sacrifices…”
When being questioned about McGeady and his future, Parkinson added: “We have spoken to Aidy about January and moving on and we feel it is fair to him to tell him now to give him the opportunity to sort something out.
“It gives me the opportunity to concentrate on the team moving forward and we feel it is the best decision for him going forward.
“It is not one particular incident. It is just a decision I have made and we wanted to tell Aidy and his agent early enough so they could put plans in place and we want to put our planning into place for January as well.
“It is a big decision but not one we have taken lightly. We have given it a lot of thought and I am confident it is the right decision for the club.””It is not one particular incident. It is just a decision I have made and we wanted to tell Aidy and his agent early enough so they could put plans in place and we want to put our planning into place for January as well.
“It is a big decision but not one we have taken lightly. We have given it a lot of thought and I am confident it is the right decision for the club.
He was also asked whether it was an on the pitch or an off the pitch decision?
Parky replied: “It is a bit of both. But like I said it has just given Geads the opportunity to get things sorted because if you make these kinds of decisions in January then sometimes it can be too late.
“We decided to have the chat this week and that is what we have done.”
Is it unlikely for him to play for Sunderland again?
“The best way forward is to move on and concentrate on the players who will be with us after January between now and January.
“At the moment, we will move on with the players that will here and concentrate them.”
This has left many fans shocked considering the player, who earns around £30,000 per week, is the League One club’s top earner and joint-top scorer.
They gave their reaction to the photo of McGeady in McDonalds, but also on him being told is put up for sale – see those tweets on the next page.