Martin O'Neill tops Premier League record of Sunderland managers

AFTER celebrating his first 50 games in charge of Sunderland last weekend, James Hunter takes a look at the Premier League record of all the Black Cats bosses - and finds a certain Irishman on top.

Connor Wickham on loan is a risk admits Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill admits he is taking a risk sending Connor Wickham on loan, but the gamble has been too great to allow Keiren Westwood much-needed football.

Martin O'Neill back to his bubbly best says Michael Gray

MARTIN O’Neill will stay at Sunderland beyond his present contract and lead the team into Europe according to one of the club’s favourite sons, Michael Gray.

Martin O'Neill confident of signing another striker - VIDEO

MARTIN O’Neill is hopeful of signing at least one new Sunderland striker this week, but will be “worried” if he cannot.

Alfred N’Diaye's patience rewarded by Martin O'Neill

SUNDERLAND’s Alfred N’Diaye was determined not to miss out on a “dream” move to the Premier League, even if it meant waiting five months for it to come about.

Martin O'Neill looking to South America for full-back

SUNDERLAND are hunting for left-back cover in South America – as Martin O’Neill admits Phil Bardsley is finding life “tough” this season.

Alfred N'Diaye helps to deliver a key win

MARTIN O'Neill expects Alfred N'Diaye to improve as he adjusts to Premier League football, but already the Frenchman has lifted Sunderland spirits on the terraces and the training ground.

Martin O'Neill not expecting another FA Cup hangover

THE FA Cup hangover was the story of Sunderland’s 2012, but manager Martin O’Neill is not expecting a sequel in 2013.

Martin O'Neill: We still need more numbers

SUNDERLAND made their second signing in less than a week yesterday, but Martin O’Neill has warned they cannot afford to stop there.

Martin O'Neill: Victory has to be our benchmark

MARTIN O’Neill believes Sunderland set a benchmark for the second half of their season on Saturday.

Sunderland hopeful on Danny Rose despite block

MARTIN O’Neill insists Sunderland might yet sign Danny Rose on a permanent basis, despite Andre Villas-Boas’ own insistence that the England Under-21 international will return to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of his season-long loan spell.

Cats boss Martin O'Neill sets his sights on top six

MARTIN O’Neill has revealed the depth of his ambition for Sunderland by saying it is a top-six club in waiting.

Martin O'Neill can't hide his joy after beating Manchester City

MARTIN O’Neill last night described Sunderland’s win over Manchester City as his side’s best performance of the season.

Martin O'Neill delivers a wistful Chrismas message

Martin O’Neill couldn’t help thinking about Christmas past as he considered the challenge that awaits Sunderland today.

Pre-season preparartions weren't ideal - Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill admits pre-season preparations were far from ideal for Sunderland as he looks back at a schizophrenic year for the Black Cats.

Martin O'Neill: Fraizer Campbell a key man for us

FRAIZER Campbell has been told he has an important part to play for Sunderland over the Festive period – and quite possibly beyond, writes STUART RAYNER

Martin O'Neill: Don't take it so personally, Fergie

MARTIN O’Neill last night admitted he understood why Manchester United were still angry about Sunderland fans celebrating when they lost the league title in May at the Stadium of Light.

Martin O'Neill is facing a test of mettle

MARTIN O'Neill yesterday spoke for the first time about how he had lost the unshakable self-confidence that guided him to the top of football as both player and manager.

Martin O'Neill: I am the only man for Sunderland job - VIDEO

MARTIN O'Neill last night defiantly insisted he is not only the right man to manage Sunderland but also the only man for the job.

Connor Wickham is being proactive - Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill is delighted Connor Wickham recognised his Sunderland career was standing still, and did something about it.

Martin O'Neill's first anniversary brings uncomfortable comparisons

THE first anniversary of Martin O’Neill’s appointment as Sunderland manager has brought some pretty uncomfortable comparisons.

SAFC boss Martin O'Neill urges his players to go for it

MARTIN O’Neill has ordered his Sunderland players to “just go out and play” against under-pressure Chelsea tomorrow.

Martin O'Neill is happy to see Danny Rose blossom

DANNY Rose is starting to push himself now he has become used to life as a Premier League regular, according to Martin O’Neill.

Sunderland's revival fails to mask their first-half failings against Norwich

YESTERDAY Sunderland delivered an excellent performance reminiscent of the football they started to produce when Martin O'Neill arrived on Wearside a year ago this week.

Norwich City 2 Sunderland 1 - Stuart Rayner's match analysis

MARTIN O'Neill left Carrow Road with the positives outweighed by negatives last night as Sunderland moved a step closer to the relegation zone last night.

Martin O'Neill is to persevere with Adam Johnson

MARTIN O’Neill has hinted he will treat Adam Johnson’s slump in form differently to that of fellow winger James McClean.

Martin O'Neill still regrets his Norwich City exit

LEAVING Norwich City a third time is one of the big regrets of Martin O’Neill’s career, but he is full of admiration for the latest occupant of the Carrow Road manager’s office.

Martin O'Neill looking to invest in January

DEFIANT Martin O’Neill insists Sunderland will invest again in January as he moved to reaffirm his commitment to the long-term Black Cats’ project.

Have I got the fight for the job? I do, absolutely - Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill was at pains to point out he is going nowhere but then, maybe that’s part of the problem for the Sunderland manager at the moment.

Martin O'Neill is keeping faith with Simon Mignolet

MARTIN O’Neill has backed Simon Mignolet to come through his first test of the season after absolving him from any blame for the weekend defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

O'Neill: Black Cats are in safe hands with Simon Mignolet

MARTIN O'Neill last night described Simon Mignolet as the best goalkeeper he has ever managed.

Martin O'Neill on the pitfalls of being a top-flight coach

THE lack of job security endured by Premier League managers is a topic back in focus following Chelsea boss Robert Di Matteo’s dismissal.

Sunderland's season starts here, insists Martin O'Neill

SUNDERLAND manager Martin O'Neill last night admitted he hopes his side's second Premier League victory of the season will restore any lost confidence within his under-pressure squad.

Martin O'Neill rejects Mick McCarthy's Titus Bramble loan bid

MARTIN O’Neill has rebuffed Mick McCarthy’s attempts to poach one of his back-up defenders on loan, indicating Titus Bramble has a future at Sunderland.

Steve Walsh tells how Martin O'Neill could revive Sunderland

THERE wasn’t much laughing and joking to be had at Filbert Street on April Fools’ Day in 1996.

Martin O'Neill: Practice will make perfect at Sunderland

MARTIN O’Neill says he knows how to turn Sunderland’s fortunes around, and is determined to do it.

Martin O'Neill ready to take some risks to end goalscoring drought

MARTIN O’Neill has promised to take risks in an attempt to end Sunderland’s goalscoring drought.

Hard work at Academy of Light will pay off, says Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill has faith that hard work on the Academy of Light training pitches can turn Sunderland’s form around.

Lambert backs Martin O'Neill to lift Sunderland

IN many ways an Aston Villa team containing so many whose careers Martin O’Neill shaped were the worst possible opponents for a manager struggling to lift his team from a poor run.

Martin O'Neill accuses Villa of 'rewriting history'

MARTIN O’Neill last night accused Aston Villa of “rewriting history” about his four years at the club.

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