Thornton's personality crisis
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sean Thornton blamed a 'clash of personalities' with Mick McCarthy for his exit.
Sean Thornton has spoken of his heartbreak at having to leave newly-promoted Sunderland.
The 22-year-old blamed an untenable relationship between himself and manager Mick McCarthy for the premature end to his Black Cats career, believing that there was a clash of personalities that was just impossible to ignore.
"I did not want to leave Sunderland," Thornton told the Sunderland Echo.
"I have been very happy here and the fans have been fantastic to me. Having helped Sunderland to The Premiership, I wanted to stay on and play at the top.
"There was a clash of personalities between me and the manager. As much as I wanted to stay, it was probably best that I move on."
Thornton, who has got a reputation within the football world as a freestyle rapper, has since joined Doncaster in League One for a club record £175,000.
And although the midfielder will look on at his ex-team-mates with envy next season, Thornton still found time to pass on his best wishes to everybody at on Wearside.
"Obviously I wish all the lads at Sunderland the best next season and hopefully they can stay in The Premiership because that's what the players and the fans deserve."