Martin O’Neill claims he’s staying put at Sunderland despite reports

The latest Premier League season has already claimed the jobs of Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes, with Martin O’Neill the new favourite in the infamous Sack Race betting market.

Martin O’Neill claims he’s staying put at Sunderland despite reports

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Andy

November 26th, 2012

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O’Neill took charge of Sunderland a year ago and brought about a change in fortunes after replacing Steve Bruce on Wearside, although the season tailed off for the Black Cats and this current campaign has begun rather badly.

Last Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat to West Brom triggered reports that O’Neill was ready to step down as manager, although the former Celtic boss denied that there was any truth to the rumours.

O’Neill admitted that he was taken aback by the stories, saying: “Yes, it was a bit of a surprise, really. Nothing probably should surprise me in the game, but yes.

“There was nothing in it. Anybody can tweet these days. I think it happened a couple of years ago as well, something like that, a similar sort of thing.

“But that’s the nature of it. But no, I was pretty surprised.”

O’Neill then emphatically stated that he was remaining in charge although Tuesday’s home match against QPR has a must-win feel about it, with Harry Redknapp hoping to enjoy a winning start after shunning the Ukraine national team to replace Hughes.

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