VIDEO: Martin O’Neill’s ‘hectic’ start with Sunderland

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Martin O'Neill says his first week with Sunderland has been “hectic”.

The Ulsterman has his first game in charge of the Black Cats on Sunday as fellow strugglers Blackburn visit the Stadium of Light (1.30pm kick-off).

New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill during the training session at the Academy of Light.

New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill during the training session at the Academy of Light.

The cameras were allowed in to the Academy of Light to capture one of O’Neill’s first training sessions, and he admits it has been an education.

He said of his first week: "It's been particularly hectic.

“It's trying to get to know players, backroom staff, and they likewise with me.

“But the excitement is still there, obviously building up to Sunday's game, and I'm looking forward to it immensely.

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"There has always seemed to be a good atmosphere around the place, I just think it's a little bit of confidence that has been lost.

"I really think it's key (getting that back) because when players lose a bit of confidence, it doesn't matter what ability they have, they don't shine in the same fashion.

“The best way to change that is by winning some football matches as soon as possible.

"We have to address the goalscoring situation, obviously, and as soon as possible. The backroom staff have been telling me that we have been creating chances in games but have been unable to put them away.

"It puts an awful lot of pressure then to try to keep a clean sheet, which is pretty difficult these days."