West Brom manager Tony Pulis warns James McClean to ‘be careful’

West Brom's James McClean
West Brom's James McClean

Tony Pulis believes the Football Association was right not to punish James McClean for the way he celebrated West Brom’s win against Sunderland last weekend.

But the Baggies head coach has urged the Irishman to be more careful about keeping his emotions in check.

Albion recorded their first home victory of the season against McClean’s former club and he celebrated after the final whistle with a fist pump in front of the travelling supporters, who had barracked him during the match.

The 26-year-old escaped with a warning from the FA.

Pulis last week criticised the governing body for its lack of transparency over what he called its ‘’extraordinary’’ fines handed out to managers but on Friday morning he praised it for its handling of McClean’s case.

“I think the FA has done the right thing,” said Pulis, whose team face Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday.

“I’ve had a chat with him. I think you’ve got to be careful what you do today. He was taking stick all game but doing that to the supporters...he’s just got to be careful.

“I just think it was a celebration because we’d won a game of football.

“His first celebration was towards our supporters, he saluted our supporters, and then he turned to the away fans. I think doing that in front of the Sunderland supporters...he’s just got to be careful.

“He’s a great lad whose integrated fantastically into the group and he’s just got to be careful.

“I think he was just absolutely delighted that we’d won. It was against his old club, which gives it added spice, but he’s got to be cool and calm and hold himself back at times.

“He shouldn’t react, but I think the FA has done the right thing.”