AHMED Elmohamady reckons Martin O’Neill ruined his Sunderland career.
Elmohamady, 25, is expected to agree a £2million switch to Hull City this week after spending all season on loan at the KC Stadium.
And his parting shot is to have a pop at ex-boss Martin O’Neill, who clearly did not fancy the Egyptian and was happy to farm him out for the whole of the 2012-13 campaign.
The Egyptian, who can play right-back or right-wing, said: “He chose certain players and dropped others – and I was unjustly sidelined. That is why I was very happy to win promotion with Hull.
“It kind of compensated for the rough year at Sunderland.”
Elmohamady may be being harsh in his criticism though, for he was already becoming a peripheral figure at the Stadium of Light even before O’Neill’s arrival.
He made only six league starts and four substitute appearances under Steve Bruce in 2011-12 before the Northern Irishman arrived in December.
Elmohamady is blessed with pace and stamina, but the question mark which always hung over him at the Stadium of Light, since arriving from ENPPI in 2010, was the quality of his crossing.
And even before O’Neill’s appointment, the Egyptian’s ability to centre a ball was coming under scrutiny as a cause for concern for the Wearsiders.