O’Neill will need cash at Sunderland

Out with the old, in with the new ... Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light alongside Steve Bruce. Below, fans Bryan Logan and David Pells.
Out with the old, in with the new ... Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light alongside Steve Bruce. Below, fans Bryan Logan and David Pells.
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DELIGHTED Sunderland fans today welcomed the prospect of Martin O’Neill as the new boss at the Stadium of Light.

The former Wycombe Wanderers, Leicester City, Celtic and Aston Villa boss is expected to step into the shoes of Steve Bruce who was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half years at the helm.

Bryan Logan

Bryan Logan

Bryan Logan, 53, from Ford Estate, said: “It’s a great move.

“He is enthusiastic and he kicks every ball for whichever team he manages.

“He might have some attacking tactics which we could do with right now.”

Kathleen Pells, 53, also from Ford Estate, said: “We hope he does well because we need something at the minute or it’s relegation for Sunderland.

David Pells.

David Pells.

Kathleen’s husband David, 55, of Springwell, agreed that owner Ellis Short was right to replace Bruce with a new man.

He said: “It was time for a change. Finishing 10th last season was not bad, but it depends how much money Martin O’Neill gets from Ellis Short as to how well he will do.

“I think he will probably have a clear-out now. The aim is all about avoiding relegation.

“I think he’ll do well because he hasn’t walked away from clubs, apart from Aston Villa and that’s because he wasn’t given money and some of the best players were sold.”

Fan Steve Wilson admitted that O’Neill would not have been his first choice for the hot seat at the Stadium of Light.

The 37-year-old, who is originally from Castletown but now lives in Morpeth, said: “I would’ve preferred Mark Hughes, to be honest.

“We should be looking at getting survival but he has to get them playing together because they don’t look like a team at the minute.

“But I think he will do a good job.

“He seems to be a tactician and a good man-motivator as well.”