Martin O'Neill: Sunderland need a big performance

MARTIN O’Neill is known as a man of few words but he has had plenty to say to his under-par players ahead of today’s encounter with his former club.

Sunderland must draw on spirit, urges Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill has urged Sunderland to dredge their reserves of spirit to get their season back on track.

Criticism has been too harsh, says Martin O'Neill

DEFIANT Martin O’Neill last night insisted the “doom and gloom” surrounding Sunderland’s start to the season was not justified.

What has happened to Martin O'Neill's Sunderland?

SUNDERLAND'S dismal form under Martin O’Neill has now lasted as long as the brilliance which preceded it.

Martin O'Neill laments missed chance for SAFC

MARTIN O’Neill admitted he thought Sunderland’s barren run in front of goal was never going to end as they missed the opportunity to book a place in the League Cup quarter-finals.

Lee Cattermole should target England says Martin O'Neill + VIDEO

MARTIN O'Neill has told Lee Cattermole he should be aiming for an England call-up by the time his newly-signed contract has expired in 2016.

Old pals reunion as Martin O'Neill calls on Tony Pulis again

MARTIN O’Neill likes to paint himself as a managerial loner, but the Sunderland boss makes an exception for Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

Adam Johnson is trying too hard says Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill has attempted to ease Adam Johnson’s anxiety by telling him to stop trying to win games on his own.

Martin O'Neill's faith in homesick James McClean

MARTIN O’Neill insists he still has complete faith in James McClean after it emerged that a close friend will move to the North East to help out the “homesick” Irish winger.

Sunderland fans' chanting blasted by Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill condemned unsavoury chants aimed at Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor on a day when the Wear-Tyne derby was marred by ugly scenes.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill wants more creative thinking

MARTIN O’Neill says he has faith in his forward players to find the creativity so badly lacking in yesterday’s Wear-Tyne derby.

Martin O'Neill's grounds for new Sunderland optimism

MARTIN O’Neill believes that a Stadium of Light rejig has improved Sunderland’s chances of finally making home advantage count against neighbours Newcastle United, writes STUART RAYNER.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill reveals reasons for admiring Newcastle

Whisper it quietly on Wearside, but Sunderland could learn a thing or two from Newcastle United, according to Martin O’Neill.

International break disrupts Sunderland's derby planning

MARTIN O'Neill last night admitted this season's third international break has come at the worst possible time for Sunderland because it will hugely affect his derby preparations.

Martin O'Neill making the most of a modern situation

THIS week grumpy old manager Martin O’Neill was bemoaning another aspect of the modern game, the fashion for multi-coloured, wafer-thin football boots.

Martin O'Neill interested in signing James McFadden

MARTIN O’Neill is interested in signing free agent James McFadden because he doubts James McClean and Adam Johnson can get through the season unscathed.

Loan moves are positive for Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’Neill has told players to look on loan spells as an opportunity, rather than a sign of failure.

Martin O'Neill happy with striker reliance

MARTIN O’Neill is happy for now for Steven Fletcher to carry the burden of scoring goals for Sunderland alone, but he knows it is a situation that cannot continue forever.

Martin O'Neill attacks 'ludicrous' planning

SUNDERLAND will ask the Premier League for help as they look to avoid having to play yet another game in December because of Uefa regulations.

Martin O'Neill slams Lee Cattermole for senseless red card

MARTIN O’Neill condemned Lee Cattermole’s “senseless” sending off that marred Sunderland’s League Cup win – and warned the Black Cats skipper only he can solve the disciplinary problems that continue to blight his career.

Martin O'Neill is forced to ring the changes for cup game

A LEAGUE Cup winner as a player and manager, Martin O’Neill is one of the few Premier League managers who does not treat the competition as a good opportunity to rest and rotate players.

Martin O'Neill: We need a win - and soon

MARTIN O’Neill does not believe Sunderland’s failure to win any of their last 12 Premier League matches has become a psychological problem – but admits it will become one if they do not end it soon.

James McClean is a marked man - Martin O'Neill

JAMES McClean has become a marked man this season, according to Martin O’Neill.

Sunderland boss says Craig Gardner's future lies in the centre of midfield

MARTIN O'Neill says that Craig Gardner's Sunderland future lies in the centre of midfield despite his impressive showing at right-back this season.

Martin O'Neill warns sluggish Stephane Sessegnon + VIDEO

MARTIN O'Neill has acknowledged that Stephane Sessegnon must improve on his early-season performances as he pledged to spend the week searching for answers to the questions Sunderland's frustrating start to the season has thrown up.

Martin O'Neill to talk to Connor Wickham over loan move

MARTIN O’Neill will hold talks with Connor Wickham over the possibility of a loan move.

Craig Gardner just happy to play for Martin O'Neill

CRAIG Gardner is happy to shelve his midfield ambitions and get stuck into the right-back role to help power Sunderland’s top eight ambitions.

Martin O'Neill: 12 goals isn't enough for Steven Fletcher

STEVEN Fletcher can expect to be getting a tap on the shoulder from his manager, with Martin O’Neill urging the Sunderland frontman to revise his scoring target.

Martin O'Neill makes loan move for Danny Rose

SUNDERLAND will look to end a successful transfer window by brokering a loan move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose – who will replace Fulham-bound Kieran Richardson after the former Manchester United man agreed terms with the West London club.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill wants an earlier deadline

SUNDERLAND manager Martin O'Neill accepts that the transfer window is here to stay.

Debuts mark an exciting new era for Sunderland

MARTIN O'Neill will send Adam Johnson into League Cup battle against Morecambe tonight with the promise that Sunderland are ready to become an attacking force in the Premier League again.

Martin O'Neill to help Adam Johnson reach his peak

MARTIN O’Neill is determined to bring the best out of Adam Johnson, having insisted the England star’s arrival at Sunderland adds much-needed “excitement, vitality and brilliance” to his ranks.

Martin O'Neill was key to Steven Fletcher joining

THE chance to play under Martin O’Neill persuaded Steven Fletcher to make the £12million move from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Homework looms for Cats winger James McClean

MARTIN O'Neill has told James McClean to study the world's best wingers to help him avoid a bout of second season syndrome.

O'Neill says Sunderland are still short of players

MARTIN O'Neill heads into a new season with Sunderland admitting that his Black Cats squad still requires major rebuilding work before this month's transfer deadline.

Return to Leicester stuff of legends for Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O’NEILL could not help but take a quick look on Wednesday night at the rather imposing statue which dominates the entrance to Pride Park.

Martin O'Neill confident Stephane Sessegnon is staying

MARTIN O’Neill believes Stéphane Sessègnon will still be a Sunderland player come the close of the transfer window – but he has stopped short of guaranteeing the continued loyalty of his star forward.

Martin O'Neill: We would like a bit more quality in

MARTIN O’Neill might not be letting Sunderland’s slow progress in the transfer market trouble him, but he does feel the Black Cats will struggle if they don’t add more “quality” before the start of the season.

Martin O'Neill stays quiet on pursuit of Steven Fletcher

MARTIN O’Neill has confirmed Sunderland have tabled “several” bids for players – but is staying tight-lipped on the state of the Black Cats’ £10million pursuit of Stephen Fletcher, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

Martin O'Neill's hunt for striker is toughest of tasks

MARTIN O’NEILL believes buying a top-class striker is the most difficult job for a manager in today’s fierce and expensive transfer market.

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