‘Disappointed’ O’Neill breaks silence on Sunderland exit

Sacked Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill
Sacked Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill
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MARTIN O’NEILL has broken his silence on his Sunderland sacking, writes Chris Young.

O’Neill was axed for the first time in his career last weekend after Ellis Short opted to bring the curtain down on the former Celtic manager’s 16 month-stint at the Stadium of Light.

The 61-year-old claims he was “disappointed” by Short’s decision and believes he should have been handed the chance to save Sunderland from relegation after performing the same feat last season.

Speaking to the BBC, O’Neill said: “I’m still pretty disappointed and frustrated really as much as any thing else, but life goes on.

“The disappointment element more than anything else has had an effect.

“I’m in the business now where very little shocks you about professional football, particularly in the last 10 years.

“I think you can nearly lose a job in management if your tie doesn’t fit your suit.

“I thought with the experience I’ve had over the years and just coming into the football club when it was pretty well on its knees last year when I saved the club from relegation, then I believe the opportunity should have been afforded to me.”