Northern Ireland coach Kenny Shiels has come under fire for his controversial comments about women's football - and Ian Wright responded in the best way.
Last night, Northern Ireland hosted England where Shiels' side conceded five goals (four in the second half) with the game ending in a 5-0 defeat, meaning they didn't manage to qualify for the Women's World Cup next year.
But the match itself has since been overshadowed by Shiels' post-match comments regarding their loss.
"I felt they [England] were struggling a wee bit at times to open us up until the psychology of going 2-0 up in the women's game," the 65-year-old said.
"I'm sure you will have noticed if you go through the patterns - when a team concedes a goal, they concede a second one in a very, very short space of time.
Wright's response has garnered a lot of love from fans who appreciate him calling out Shiels by highlighting the fact that male footballers get just as emotional.
Ian Wright casually bodying Kenny Shiels.\nGoalscoring force on the pitch, force for all that's good off it.\nFootball needs more figures like him.https://twitter.com/IanWright0/status/1514159498323243009\u00a0\u2026
After Northern Ireland qualified for Euro 2022 last April Kenny Shiels said: "It is incredible what they have achieved... I look at my staff and there are grown men crying and I am nearly in bits myself"https://twitter.com/IanWright0/status/1514159498323243009\u00a0\u2026
Honestly love the fact @IanWright0 is so vocal about his support of the women\u2019s game. A brilliant pundit & never afraid to speak outhttps://twitter.com/ianwright0/status/1514159498323243009\u00a0\u2026
It's not just Wright who has slammed Shiels' comments, former England Women goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain has described also them as "bizarre."
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, she said: "I think we all know - and we get it drilled into us as footballers - the five minutes after you concede a goal, the five minutes after you score a goal across the board, not just in women's football, in men's football as well, you're more likely to concede a goal, you're more likely to potentially go on to score again."
"When you give post-match news conferences when you're feeling emotional after a big game, it's important to make sure that you are speaking sensibly and are aware of the message that your words can carry."
Shiels previously managed Scottish side Kilmarnock in 2012 and won the Scottish Cup during his time and in 2018 led Derry City to the League of Ireland Cup as well as managing a number of Northern Irish clubs during his 30-year career.
Since he became Northern Ireland women's manager back in 2019, Shiels led the side to qualify for their first major tournament - the Euros.
After achieving this milestone, he was interviewed where ironically he himself appeared emotional and described their qualification as "the best ever sporting achievement for Northern Ireland, and for the UK actually."
"I look at my staff and there are grown men crying and I am nearly in bits myself, but it is down to the girls at the end of the day. When I came in in 2019 the girls were traumatised and I was the new face. I might have helped a little bit but they were self-driven and they took it on," BBC reported at the time.
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