Chopra, Owen & more: Twitter reacts after Sunderland sack O’Neill

Michael Chopra and Michael Owen both tweet their thoughts after Sunderland sack manager Martin O'Neill on Saturday night

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Martin O'Neill replaced Steve Bruce at Sunderland in December 2011 Photo: Back Page Images

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Sunderland have sacked Martin O’Neill after the Black Cats suffered a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The 61-year-old lasted less than 15 months in charge and leaves the club one point above the relegation zone after replacing Steve Bruce in December 2011.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction to O’Neill’s sacking from the Premier League community.

Former Norwich defender Iwan Roberts ‏(@iwanwroberts) has his finger on the pulse: “Martin O’Neil has left Sunderland then!”

Doncaster Rovers striker David Cotterill (‏@cotterill_david) is surprised by the ruthlessness of the move: “Sunderland sack O’Niell – clubs don’t mess about these days!!! #sackalert”

England legend Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) sees it as a chance to plug Match of the Day: “This is the reason MOTD is live. In case of a story like O’Neill’s. First time I can ever remember something happening on a Saturday night.”

Former Sunderland star Michael Gray (‏@mickygray33) is surprised by the dismissal: “WOW Martin O’Neill sacked….!!! #shocked”

Ex-Black Cats striker Michael Chopra ‏(@MichaelChopra10) reckons Sunderland are heading in one direction: “All happening at Sunderland… looking forward to playing against them next season in the championship #1pointfromrelegationzone. No manager, no Fletcher, no Cattermole and Danny Graham is a Geordie #cantwaitfor14/4/2013 #shouldbefun#geordies”

Stoke City striker Michael Owen (‏@themichaelowen) was still shocked by the sacking despite Sunderland’s form: “Surprised Martin O’Neill has been sacked despite their recent run of results. Starting to get tight at the bottom after Wigan’s win today.”

Former Norwich striker Darren Huckerby ‏(@hucks6dh6) wonders who will be courageous enough to rescue Sunderland: “Bold move by Sunderland, who’ll take the job with 7 games to go? #BeatTheDrop”

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (‏@rioferdy5) is asking the same question: “Martin O’Neill sacked by Sunderland….who next to manage them??”

Ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen (‏@TSorensen1) wasn’t a fan of O’Neill: “Surprised about the sacking of O’Neill even though I have never been a fan of his. Hopefully it gets my old club back on track.”

Middlesbrough defender Sean St Ledger ‏(@seanstledger12) alludes to the recent flurry of sackings: “Very surprised Sunderland have parted company with manager. #managermerrygoround”

Former Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage ‏(@RobbieSavage8) reckons it’s a bad time to change manager: “It’s the timing, Chelsea and Newcastle away Everton home , who an earth can save them, they had the right man there!”

And Norwich midfielder Anthony Pilkington ‏(@Pilkington_11) can’t see many looking to take charge: “Hear that Martin O’Neill has been sacked! Can’t see many managers fancying that job at the moment with the circumstances! Who’s next for them?!”

Finally, England batsman Paul Collingwood (‏@Colly622) is left surprised despite the recent results: “Well I didn’t see that coming, Martin O’Neill sacked?! #safc”

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