Martin O’neill

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Sunderland AFC can confirm that Martin O’Neill has been appointed as the club’s new manager.

The 59-year-old has agreed a three-year deal on Wearside and will take charge of the Black Cats from Monday.

Vastly experienced, O’Neill has built a reputation as one of British football’s most admired managers, steering Aston Villa to three successive sixth-place finishes in the Barclays Premier League between 2008 and 2010 after successful spells at the helm of Leicester City and Celtic – winning domestic honours and securing European qualification with both.

Speaking after officially joining the club, O’Neill said: “It’s a very nice feeling to be back in football and to be the manager of Sunderland. It’s a big moment for me.

“I’d heard about what a good club it was but coming here, seeing the stadium and training ground, I’ve been bowled over. It’s absolutely fantastic.

“I hope I can help Sunderland to very successful period. That’s what I’ve come for and that’s my driving ambition.”

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