Sunderland boss O’Neill wins award

AWARD: Martin O'Neill.

AWARD: Martin O'Neill.

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SUNDERLAND manager Martin O’Neill has been named as the Barclays Manager of the Month for December after guiding the Black Cats to two wins and a draw in his first four Barclays Premier League games in charge of the club.

O’Neill’s men began the month with a last-gasp win over Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of Light, with Sebastian Larsson’s 90th minute free-kick sealing all three points in the Ulsterman’s first home match.

A 1-0 loss away to high-flying Tottenham Hotspur followed, but the Black Cats bounced back with a thrilling 3-2 win away to Barclays Premier League new boys Queen’s Park Rangers – Wes Brown with the late winner.

The Boxing Day fixture at the Stadium of Light saw the points shared as Everton came from behind to claim a 1-1 draw.

This is the eighth time that O’Neill has won the Barclays Manager of the Month Award in his career and the first since he took the reigns at the Stadium of Light following Steve Bruce’s departure.

O’Neill takes Sunderland to Peterborough on Sunday for a televised FA Cup third round date against the Posh.

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