Welshman Tony Pulis not pleased with Irishman James McClean's World Cup heroics

Aaron Ramsey

That may have upset proud Welshman Pulis but McClean's club manager offered a glowing appraisal of his player's abilities.

Pulis said: "I just ignored him walking down the corridor".

An emotional Gareth Bale was among a group of players who pleaded with Chris Coleman to stay as Wales manager after the team's failure to reach next year's World Cup Finals in Russian Federation.

Pulis, who has been at The Hawthorns helm since January 2015, takes his side to Leicester City for their next outing on Monday night.

'There's a bit of banter going around and the manager taking a bit of stick as you can imagine.

"To be fair, I'm pleased for him because he's done brilliantly for me".

"I think James gives his best".

Derry-born McClean has caused controversy by refusing to wear a poppy on his shirt out of respect for those who lost their lives during the troubles in Northern Ireland. People don't know James McClean just like people don't know Tony Pulis. "He couldn't have taken on the job at a more hard time and what we've achieved since then has been awesome".

"He is a great lad around the place and everyone has got great respect for him". You watch him training - sometimes he plays well, sometimes he doesn't play well - that's like all players.

The man known as "Healing Hans" has an impressive list of clients including Usain Bolt, Ronaldo, Michael Owen and even U2 rock star Bono.

'He's got a little bit of stiffness and I think he's gone to some fella in Germany who he's used before and he's actually been able to loosen it up.

"He's had it before when he was at Tottenham two or three times". The doc is happy for him to have the injection, ' Pulis added.

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