Martin O’Neill getting ready for SAFC challenge

Dated: 03/12/2011'Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is unveiled as the new manager of Sunderland Football Club today (Sat). ''''' #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Dated: 03/12/2011'Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is unveiled as the new manager of Sunderland Football Club today (Sat). ''''' #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

MARTIN O’Neill now knows the challenge ahead of him as Sunderland’s new manager.

But the 59-year-old, appointed on a three-year contract on Saturday, has vowed to do his “utmost to bring a bit of success to Sunderland”.

O’Neill was in the main stand at Molineux to see the Black Cats go down 2-1 to fellow strugglers Wolves yesterday – after going ahead through Kieran Richardson’s second-half strike.

The players have been given today off, but will meet up with O’Neill for the first time tomorrow when the former Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa manager begins preparations for his first match in charge – Sunday’s televised showdown with third-bottom Blackburn Rovers.

O’Neill, out of the game since leaving Villa early in the 2010/11 campaign, is excited to be back in management, but he refused to make any outlandish promises.

“It’s a nice feeling to be back in football and obviously I’m very excited about joining Sunderland,” he said.

“It’s a big moment and I’m hoping it works out well.

“Naturally I want to do well for the fans, the team and myself. If we can combine all this and start winning football matches it would be terrific.

“All I can say, without promising the earth, moon and stars is I will do my utmost to bring a bit of success to Sunderland.”

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