03 December, 2011

Charismatic Irish man makes welcome return to Premier League:

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NEW SUNDERLAND MANAGER: Northern Ireland's Martin O'Neill
           Martin O'Neill has this weekend been confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland Football Club.  After 15 months out of football, the Kilrea native will be more than happy to be back in the game he loves.  O'Neill agreed a three-and-a-half year contract with the North East side today.
           Given that O'Neill was a Sunderland fan as a boy, he will certainly be made more welcome than previous incumbent at the Stadium of Light; Geordie Steve Bruce.  Whilst this observer believes that Bruce did not get enough time in charge; there can be little doubt that O'Neill is a step up in quality from the Newcastle native.
           O'Neill takes over the Black Cats with them standing two points above the relegation.  This observer feels it's a crazy time to sack your manager.  Tomorrow afternoon;  Sunderland face Wolves, who are level on points with them.  A win would push Sunderland well clear of the drop zone, but O'Neill will have no impact on tomorrow's game and the most likely result is a win for the Midlands side.
STEVE BRUCE:  Harshly treated and sacked by Sunderland
           Perhaps Sunderland chairman Doug Ellis should have waited until immediately after tomorrow's game before sacking Steve Bruce;  but he will be vindicated if the Black Cats can win.  One thing for sure is that Martin O'Neill will have no impact whatsoever on tomorrow's game but, over time, he can certainly turn the club around and steer them into the top half of the Premier League table.
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