O’Neill eyes sunny spell at Sunderland

RARING TO GO ... new Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill.
RARING TO GO ... new Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill.
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NEW boss Martin O’Neill says not even the wet and windy North East weather can dampen his enthusiasm for the job in hand at Sunderland.

And the lack of any talk about any January transfer window budget with owner Ellis Short emphasises his focus.

“Do you think that strange?” he queried.

“The truth is I really wanted the job, I’m excited by it, so the budget wasn’t on my mind and it didn’t take us long to agree things.

“I came up here on Saturday, just to view the last training session before Wolves.

“It was cold and it was windy and it reminded me of Glasgow!

“The weather isn’t a problem for me – I am from Northern Ireland.

“And I loved my time in Glasgow – the only issue there is that when you opened the curtains in the morning you didn’t know whether it was June or November!

“But, really, the only thing on my mind is getting started on the job we face.

“Ellis Short sees the size of the football club – I think Niall was pretty strong in selling him on that.

“But Ellis has an enthusiasm for it, too. That’s quite obvious to me.

“I had discussions with the owner that weren’t very long and the transfer budget for January was not discussed.

“They didn’t need to be, because I’m excited about taking this job.

“I’m excited about getting this opportunity to take the club forward. I’m so pleased to have it.

“I had discussions with Niall in 2006 about taking the job, but, at that stage, my wife was recovering from illness and needed to be based around London.

“I only had preliminary discussions and it didn’t go any further than that, but now that I’m here I intend to make most of it.

“Our position is insecure at the moment.

“The opportunity is there to join the pack if you win a few games – which is, of course, easier said than done.

“But, long-term, I would love to be really successful at the club and if I am successful then I will have the opportunity to stay here longer.”