Martin O’Neill unhappy with Sunderland sacking
A week ago, Martin O’Neill was preparing his Sunderland team for an important match against Manchester United. A week later and the northern Irishman has been left to reflect on a relatively unsuccessful stint at the Stadium of Light.
April 5th, 2013
Owner Ellis Short reacted to the 1-0 defeat against the Red Devils by sacking O’Neill and the 61-year-old claims that he should have been given longer at the Wearside club.
Paolo Di Canio has quickly been appointed as Head Coach of the Black Cats, although O’Neill feels as though he should have been given longer considering that he kept Sunderland in the Premier League last season.
“With the experience I’ve had, when I came into the club and it was pretty much on its knees and I think I saved the club from relegation, I think I should’ve been given more of an opportunity,” he told Radio 5 Live.
He said that he accepted the sacking was the prerogative of the owner Ellis Short, but that he was “pretty disappointed and frustrated as much as anything else”.
He added: “I’m in a business now where I think very little shocks you about professional football. I think you can lose your job if your tie doesn’t fit your suit.”
O’Neill has previously had a successful managerial career, especially in charge of Celtic, Aston Villa and Leicester City.