AP Photo/Scott Heppell Former Sunderland coach Martin O'Neill.
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Black Cat scratched: Sunderland 'part company' with Martin O'Neill
‘They must have somebody in place if they are going to sack him’ said former Ireland and Sunderland defender Kenny Cunningham.

SUNDERLAND HAVE CUT boss Martin O’Neill loose hours after losing 1-0 to Manchester United at the Stadium of Light.

The defeat, which came courtesy of a Robin van Persie cross that was deflected in by Titus Bramble, left the Wearsiders dangerously close to the relegation zone.

The Black Cats are one point above the bottom three with seven games remaining in the Premier League.

An official statement from the club reads, “Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future.”

It concluded, “An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.”

Reacting to the breaking news on RTɔs Premier Soccer Saturday, former Sunderland and Ireland defender Kenny Cunningham speculated that a new boss will soon be in place.

He said, “They must have somebody in place if they are going to sack him. Otherwise, it is just ridiculous.”

O’Neill, who notably played for Nottingham Forest and Northern Ireland, was in charge at the Stadium of Light for just 16 months.

As it happened: Sunderland v Manchester United, Premier League

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