O’neill: I’ve got 2 games
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MARTIN O’NEILL reckons he is already under pressure after admitting struggling Sunderland are in trouble.
Just 24 hours after officially taking charge as Black Cats boss, the no-nonsense Irishman insists the heat is on to lead the Wearside club away from danger.
Sunderland have won only two games this season to leave them a point above the drop zone before Sunday’s crunch visit by thirdbottom Blackburn Rovers.
After signing a three-year contract worth £40,000-a-week, boyhood fan O’neill admits the best he can hope for from fans is a two-game honeymoon period.
He added: “Reality has to set in and we have to start winning games pretty quickly.
“We’re in a little bit of trouble at the moment but we just have to go out and win on Sunday. It’s very important for us and the players are aware of that.
“Confidence isn’t high right now but we’ll look at that, and the sooner we can win matches the better.
“We’ve been losing games and we could have had a few more points on the board.
“It’s something we need to address but from what I’ve seen of the players there’s a good, positive spirit here.
“I’m a genuine Sunderland supporter, but I don’t want to play too much on that, as it will probably only give me two games’ grace.
“We’re in the results business. I want to make it a success if I can.” BOLTON centre-half Gary Cahill has had his claim for wrongful dismissal at Tottenham upheld.
The England international was sent off after just 17 minutes of the 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane for a foul on Scott Parker just inside his own half.
Referee Stuart Atwell had shown the red card for denying an obvious scoring opportunity.
However, Bolton lodged an appeal and an independent panel agreed with their claim for wrongful dismissal, the FA have confirmed.
As a result, the England man’s one-match suspension has been withdrawn.
O’neill will target Man United midfielder Darron Gibson and Spurs defender Vedran Corluka after being handed an £10million January warchest by Sunderland’s billionaire owner Ellis Short.
O’neill urged the Black Cats’ stay-away fans to get behind his new regime.
Average crowds are down 3,000 on last season, and the new manager added: “When the Stadium of Light is rocking, it really is intimidating for other teams.
“I’ve managed sides against Sunderland on a number of occasions, and they can give you a torrid time.”
O’neill will work with his regular back-up team of Steve Walford and Seamus Mcdonagh.