James McClean is employing friend and former Derry City team mate Eugene Ferry to help keep the Sunderland winger on the ‘straight and narrow'.

Ferry, Derry’s reserve team goalkeeper, will quit the Candystripes and move in with McClean and his girlfriend.

McClean has landed himself in trouble on Twitter on occasion, most famously when criticising the Republic of Ireland team’s performance following the 2-1 win in Kazakhstan, a match in which he was an unused substitute.

So now it will be Ferry’s job to keep the 23-year-old out of trouble.

Ferry told The Mirror: “He wasn’t really settling down and there was all that stuff in the media. His agent wanted him to settle down as he was going off the rails a wee bit.

“I was over in Sunderland yesterday and had a meeting with one of the club’s player liaison officers and it went well.

“James agreed that it would help him settle down if one of his mates moved over and lived with him. I’ll keep him on the straight and narrow by getting him to keep his head and stop writing those stupid comments.”