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Sunderland Sack Martin O’Neill After Defeat to Manchester United

martin oneill Sunderland Sack Martin ONeill After Defeat to Manchester United

Sunderland have sacked manager Martin O’Neill after the club lost to Manchester United today and dropped to 16th in the Premier League.

“Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening,” read a club statement. “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future. An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.”

Martin O’Neill’s side put in a languid performance in their 1-0 defeat today against Manchester United at the Stadium of Light. But the poor performances from a team that have lacked confidence, speed and ability have been a consistent part of Sunderland for several weeks. The last time Sunderland won a match in the Premier League was January 19 when they defeated Wigan Athletic 3-2.

With Wigan winning today, Sunderland find themselves staring into the face of relegation, just one point above the relegation drop zone. The club faces a dizzying prospect of upcoming matches against Chelsea, the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United and a game against Everton in quick succession.

Sunderland’s American owner Ellis Short must have run out of patience with O’Neill. The club cannot afford to continue putting in results like it has been doing so. Plus, the injuries to Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole, who are both out for the rest of the season, make the situation even more dire.

Time is running out for Sunderland. Short will be expected to make a quick appointment to help give the club a bounce in order to try to stay up this season with just 7 matches to go.

What’s your opinion about Martin O’Neill being sacked by Sunderland? And who do you think should replace him to keep the club up? Share your feedback in the comments section below.

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17 Responses to Sunderland Sack Martin O’Neill After Defeat to Manchester United

  1. Wongo1 says:

    Sunderland have won 9 of their last 45 games that says it all. They should have fired him in January.

  2. Smokey Bacon says:

    Deserved. I’ve always thought he was overrated. Amazing to think he was talked about as a possible Fergie successor or England manager a few years ago. Led Sunderland on a road to nowhere.

    Bet Danny Graham regrets going there. Can see them getting pulled into the mire now with Wigan making a move. I would prefer Villa stay up over Sunderland. At least Villa try to play football.

  3. Marc L says:

    Did they sack him for wearing another club’s kit while out roller skating?

  4. AJ says:

    I think the statement, “We would be a top 6 club if we had better players.” well DUH everyone would be a top 6 club if they had better players.

  5. Mufc77 says:

    Probably deserved on his record but terrible timing to do it with 7-8 games left in the season.

    If Moyes walks from Everton then either O’neil or Martinez will get that job.

    • Dust says:

      O’neil won’t get a gig in the prem again… He was woeful. The thing is the board have to own letting him continue this long, McDermott will prolly get it.

      • Mufc77 says:

        He still has enough credibility to land a job in the EPL. It won’t be a top 4-5 team but the will always be teams willing to give him a shot.

        If people like Mark Hughes, Harry Redknapp and fat Sam can continue to get offered jobs O”Neil won’t have any problems.

      • Guy says:

        Hold it, Dust. That’s my man! ;-)

  6. Dean Stell says:

    What does he wear when he doesn’t have team-issue stuff?

  7. Terry says:

    Did not see this one coming especially with 8 games left.

    Won’t it be great if Sunderland hired RDM. Their next fixture is against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Please! Please! Please!:-)

  8. Matt says:

    Probably Mark Hughes or some other constant recycled manager.

  9. Andre says:

    His tenure at Sunderland was pretty awful, not just this last stretch and the firing is totally justified. However I think the timing is kinda dumb. They could have done this at the window and given the next guy a chance. Realistically the caretaker manager that takes over now has a miniscule chance of avoiding the drop.

  10. Frill Artist says:

    The season is almost over. Why now? Should have just waited or at best, fired him a while back.

  11. Terry says:

    Looks like Paolo DiCanio might be Sunderland’s next boss.

    • David says:

      Di Canio will find it tough moving from Swindon in League 1 to the EPL. Sunderland have 2 away games against Chelsea and Newcastle (derby) before a home game against Everton. Sunderland are in trouble and might be the team that joins Reading (I don’t see them surviving)and QPR (a loss to Fulham tomorrow will end it for them).

  12. Brian says:

    Well, it’s Di Canio. Already there’s controversy in his appointment as Di Canio is a self-described fascist and Dave Millibrand has quit the Sunderland board because of the appointment.

    This will only give rival supporters more amunition to taunt Sunderland. You gotta love the EPL. Never a dull moment.

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