O’Neill ready for Sunderland challenge

Updated: December 6, 2011

Martin O’Neill has said that he is thrilled to be back in management,as he attempts to rebuild a Sunderland side that has been struggling in recent seasons. The Irish man has a real challenge on his hands after the Black Cats lost out to Wolves at the weekend.

O’Neill signed a three-year deal with the North East club and believes that he can help improve the teams fortunes over the coming months:

“It’s a nice feeling to be back in football and obviously I’m very excited about joining Sunderland,” he told SAFC TV.

“It’s a big moment and I’m hoping it works out well. Naturally I want to do well for the fans, the team and myself. If we can combine all this and start winning football matches it would be terrific. All I can say, without promising the earth, moon and stars is I will do my utmost to bring a bit of success to Sunderland.”

The former Celtic boss added: “I would like it to be a really successful period and I’m going to try my best to achieve that. That’s what I’ve come for – that’s what I want to do.”

Eric Black, Sunderland’s caretaker boss, feels that O’Neill can help restore pride in the club:

“Martin will have seen the strengths that we have. I think he knows there are some good things to take forward, but I think he’ll also know that there are some problems. I’m sure he’ll start trying to rectify those problems, and I’m sure he’ll be able to start turning things around.”

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