Martin O’Neill vows to guide Sunderland into ‘successful period’
New Sunderland manager insists he is ready to drive the Black Cats into a "very successful period" after penning a three-year deal
Martin O’Neill admits he is delighted to be back in football after he signed a three-year deal to become Sunderland manager on Saturday.
The 59-year-old had been widely tipped to take over at the Stadium of Light after the Black Cats dismissed Steve Bruce on Wednesday following a dismal start to the season.
And O’Neill, who has been away from the dugout since leaving Aston Villa last August, says he is now focused on driving 16th-placed Sunderland into a “very successful period”.
“It’s a very nice feeling to be back in football and to be the manager of Sunderland. It’s a big moment for me,” said O’Neill, who will be in the stands to watch his new side take on Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday before taking charge the next day.
“I’d heard about what a good club it was but coming here, seeing the stadium and training ground, I’ve been bowled over. It’s absolutely fantastic.
“I hope I can help Sunderland to very successful period. That’s what I’ve come for and that’s my driving ambition.”
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short, who said the club had no choice but to sack Bruce after a “trying start” to the season, claims O’Neill was the “perfect choice” for the Black Cats.
“Martin has as good a managerial pedigree as you could wish to find and has proven over the years to be a very astute, top-level manager,” said Short.
“During his time at Aston Villa he established the club firmly in the top 10 of the Premier League year-on-year and this is something we are striving to achieve at Sunderland.
“Having spoken with Martin over the last two days I know he is brimming with enthusiasm and anticipation about the challenge of taking Sunderland forward and I believe he is the perfect choice to deliver the success we all desire.”