Sunderland Manager O’Neill Fired With Club Battling Relegation

Martin O’Neill was fired as Sunderland manager with the club fighting relegation in English soccer’s Premier League.

Sunderland announced the move on its website hours after a 1-0 loss to league leader Manchester United. The defeat left the Black Cats 16th in the 20-team league, one point above the three relegation positions at the bottom of the standings.

“Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening,” a statement on the club’s website read. “An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.”

O’Neill, 61, took over as coach in December 2011, replacing the fired Steve Bruce. Sunderland’s next game is April 7 at Chelsea.

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