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It is a proud record, and one he is determined to protect – from the gutsy 1-1 draw fought out by Wycombe at Merthyr Tydfil 21 years ago, to a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium when Aston Villa went 11 games unbeaten at the start of the season in 2006 – in a long and distinguished career in management, Martin O’Neill remains unbeaten in his first game in charge at all of his senior clubs.

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O'Neill has no guaranteed budget

Walking in to the main entrance at the Stadium of Light yesterday, Martin O'Neill passed a glass case displaying the battered trilby hat, fawn mackintosh and red tracksuit worn by the only Sunderland manager to have brought some first-class silverware to the Wearside club in the past 74 years. Clearly, the challenge of emulating Bob Stokoe and bringing some rare success to Sunderland is the motivation for O'Neill as he returns to the management game, 16 months after his abrupt departure from Aston Villa.

Martin O'Neill is unveiled as the new manager of Sunderland

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Walking in to the main entrance at the Stadium of Light yesterday, Martin O'Neill passed a glass case displaying the battered trilby hat, fawn mackintosh and red tracksuit worn by the only Sunderland manager to have brought some first-class silverware to the Wearside club in the past 74 years. Clearly, the challenge of emulating Bob Stokoe and bringing some rare success to Sunderland is the motivation for O'Neill as he returns to the management game, 16 months after his abrupt departure from Aston Villa.

O'Neill took charge of his first training session at the club today and chose the media conference that followed to remind his players that they must start winning games fast if they are to move away from the drop zone

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Martin O'Neill should be rubber-stamped as the new Sunderland manager within the next 24 hours.

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Former Celtic boss O'Neill is strongly linked with the Sunderland post whenever it becomes vacant but has yet to actually make the move to Wearside. After nearly 18 months out of the game, however, the Northern Irishman may be ready to re-enter the fray and is odds-on with some bookmakers to take the role.

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<b>November 30 - Steve Bruce (Sunderland) </b><br/> The former Manchester United defender became the first managerial casualty of the season when he was shown the exit at the Stadium of Light. Bruce joined Sunderland from Wigan in 2009 but despite heavy investment, including the club record signing of Asamoah Gyan, was unable to establish the Black Cats as a force to be reckoned with. He leaves the club in 16th place in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone.

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<b>MARTIN O'NEILL</b><br/>
Former Celtic boss O'Neill is strongly linked with the Sunderland post whenever it becomes vacant but has yet to actually make the move to Wearside. After nearly 18 months out of the game, however, the Northern Irishman may be ready to re-enter the fray and is odds-on with some bookmakers to take the role.

Job is O'Neill's to turn down, but Hughes waits in the wings

The job of Sunderland manager is Martin O'Neill's to turn down with Mark Hughes, the other preferred candidate, forced to wait to discover whether the Northern Irishman sees the Stadium of Light as the platform on which to end his 16-month hiatus from football.

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Sunderland's enthusiasm for either Martin O'Neill or Mark Hughes is hardly a surprise. Whoever emerges victorious from the hand-to-hand battle, if indeed it is one that they care to pursue after establishing the terms of engagement being offered by owner Ellis Short, is likely to create an immediate sense of well-being at the Stadium of Light.

Steve Bruce was sacked by Sunderland after taking 21 points from a possible 81

Sunderland position is O'Neill's to turn down

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