Sunderland’s manager O’Neill quits after Man U’s defeat

Martin O'Neill

Martin O’Neill on Saturday parted company with Sunderland after the Black Cats slipped deeper into relegation trouble.
The 61-year-old’s departure was confirmed hours after Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 home defeat by Manchester United, which left the club sitting just a point clear of the Premier League relegation zone, with seven games left to play.
A club statement said: “Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening. The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future. An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.”
A run of eight league games without a win which has yielded only three points ultimately cost O’Neill his job after a little more than 15 months at the helm.
The Black Cats’ last victory came at Wigan Athletic on January 19 and with trips to European champions Chelsea and rivals Newcastle United to come ahead of Everton’s visit to the Stadium of Light on April 20, things could get worse before they get better.