O’Neill: Sunderland have top-six potential

FOXES RETURN ... Martin O'Neill's Sunderland will face one of his former clubs.
FOXES RETURN ... Martin O'Neill's Sunderland will face one of his former clubs.
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FOOTBALL ECHO EXCLUSIVE

Martin O’Neill is convinced that Sunderland have the potential to be a top-six Premier League side of the future, writes Graeme Anderson.

And the Black Cats’ boss will make it his mission to try and take the club, in the seasons ahead, to the same heights he took Aston Villa previously.

O’Neill told the Football Echo: “This is a great football club with a great tradition and great support and I’m very excited to be in charge of it.

“I believe that it certainly has the potential to challenge for a place in the top six, simply because of its size.

“We got 40,000 people here for the Bolton Wanderers game recently, which was a game on which nothing was really riding.

“So, with backing like that, you know you’re a club that can be a top-six club.

“I’m not saying that we are a top-six team at the moment, but I am saying that we have it in us not to be out of place there.”

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