Sunderland set to appoint O’Neill

Updated: December 2, 2011

SportsNewsIreland has learned that Martin O’Neill is set to be named the new Sunderland manager today after he held positive talks with the Ellis Short in London on Thursday.

The former Leicester and Celtic boss is believed to be very interested in the job and with only terms left to be agreed he could be in the dugout for the clash with Blackburn next weekend.

The 59 year old will replace Steve Bruce who was sacked this week after a poor 2011 and is believed to be the club’s first choice. The former Northern Ireland international has been out of management since he left Aston Villa at the start of last season.

In the event of any last minute hitches, Mark Hughes remains the backup choice with former England boss Steve McClaren also in the back ground.

O’Neill is currently 1.3 with Befair to be named the next permanent manager of Sunderland.

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