MARTIN O’NEILL has urged his Sunderland players not to be carried away with their improvement in form and position in the Barclays Premier League.
Four wins out of his first six games in charge of Sunderland not only helped make him December’s Premier League manager of the month but has also lifted the club swiftly up the table.
The win over Wigan Athletic in their last league outing took Sunderland into the top half of the table for the first time this season and has sparked talk of the Wearsiders chasing down North East rivals Newcastle over the coming months.
While O’Neill has been thrilled with results so far, he says he is taking nothing for granted – fully aware that things can go wrong just as quickly as they can go right.
He is at pains to point that he is not having sleepless nights about the situation in terms of potential relegation but also keen to remind the public that Sunderland are far from out of the woods just yet.
He said: “I’m pleased with the points we have got on the board over the last few weeks but I’m genuinely not concerned about our league position at the moment – I’m only interested in us keeping on picking up points just now.
“If we lose tomorrow, we could go from tenth to wherever.
“Then you can very quickly find yourself looking over your shoulder and you become desperate to get points from your home games coming up.
“We’re still in a position where I am concerned about these things, but that is what I am paid for.”