Martin O’Neill is the perfect choice to rescue the club from the tricky position it finds itself in, says former Roker star Kieron Brady.
Brady followed the career of his fellow Irishman with forensic interest when he took over as manager of the ex-Sunderland man’s hometown club, Celtic.
And Glasgow-born Brady says he sees parallels with the job O’Neill faces now and the once he took on at Celtic Park in 2000.
The former winger, who was at Sunderland from 1989-93 and tipped for the top before injury ruined his career at the age of only 22, told the Football Echo: “I’ve always been a massive Celtic fan and I loved Martin’s five years in charge of the club.
““The one thing you seem guaranteed of with O’Neill is that he has an immediate impact on the clubs he joins.
“It happened not only at Celtic but at Leicester City and Aston Villa and you can see him having a similar effect on Sunderland, too.”
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