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Sunderland sack O'Neill

Sunderland have sacked manager Martin O'Neill following their 1-0 defeat against Manchester United.

The Black Cats have not in eight games and have only managed three points from 24 available during that spell.

Saturday's defeat against the Premier League champions elect left Sunderland just one point clear of the relegation zone.

The club have revealed that O'Neill's successor will be announced "in the coming days."

O'Neill took over as Black Cats boss from Steve Bruce 16 months ago and led Sunderland to seven wins in his first 10 games to secure the club's Premier Leaue survival.

His sacking comes after a poor run of results that has seen the club pick up just three points from their last eight games, a run that included defeats against Reading and QPR.

In his notes in the programme for the game against United, chairman Ellis Short did not hint that O'Neill's time with the club could be about to end.

But he did say: "There is nobody that is happy with our current position and the way our season is going. The reality is that we have a fight on our hands with eight games remaining.

"Right now, it is important for us all to be on the same side and get behind the team. Not being together will not help us to get results, so let's stand shoulder to shoulder and give the team our full support."

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