MARTIN O’Neill is already working his magic on Sunderland, reckons Stephane Sessegnon.
O’Neill has taken seven points from his four games in charge to propel Sunderland up to 15th in the Premier League table and give them some breathing space from the bottom three.
Like many of Sunderland’s players, Sessegnon was sad to see the demise of Steve Bruce after the ex-Black Cats boss brought the Benin international to Wearside from Paris St Germain in a £6million deal 12 months ago.
But Sessegnon was aware of O’Neill’s feats at Aston Villa and Celtic while he was plying his trade in the French League and believes he has injected some new impetus into a Sunderland side struggling at the wrong end of the table.
Sessegnon told the Echo: “It’s been good so far. He’s only had a few matches but since getting a victory in his first game against Blackburn, there’s been more confidence about us.
“I knew of him while I was in France.
“I’d heard about what he was doing at Villa. I don’t think there’s been massive change in things in training.
“But he’s keen to develop a good spirit among the players and it’s all been positive.
“It’s football what happened to Steve Bruce. You become used to managers leaving.
“This season, we’ve given our maximum, but no one takes pleasure in losing.
“The most important thing is to do the best thing for the club and results hadn’t been good.”
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