When Newcastle play Sunderland in two weeks time, in what is shaping up to be a relegation 6 pointer, Sunderland will not have Martin O’Neill on the sidelines – as news broke tonight that the club have sacked the former Aston Villa and Celtic manager.
Martin O;Neill – Sunderland manager sacked Saturday night
Sunderland played quite well today, and went down to a single goal to Manchester United at the Stadium of Light, and remain 2 points and just one place behind Newcastle, on 31 points in 16th place in the league table.
With Wigan beating Norwich with an 85th minute goal, that puts Wigan only one point behind Sunderland on 30 points and Wigan also have a game in hand, and they have won both of their last two league games, having beaten Newcastle with a 90 minutes winner two weeks ago.
A Sunderland club statement read as follows:
“Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening.” “The club would like to place on record its’ thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future.”
“An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.”
Sunderland have just 3 points – 3 draws in the last eight league games.
We wonder if Sunderland will try to recruit Roberto Di Matteo?
Newcastle fared worse than Sunderland today, when we were easily beaten 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium, and City were by far the better side, in what was the worst performance Newcastle have put in since we signed the four Frenchmen in the last week of January.
Next up is Benfica on Thursday night in the Europa League – but the more important game is next Sunday when we host Fulham at St. James’ Park, and we have to keep winning at home since we cannot seem to do much on the road.
Newcastle have only one away win in the league this season, and that was at Aston Villa, in the first game after the four Frenchmen arrived.
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