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O'Neill Boro decision imminent...

Niall Quinn's number one managerial target Martin O'Neill is set to decide on whether to accept the Boro job by tomorrow.

Should he accept the job, after having 'enthusiastic and enjoyable' talks with Boro officials on Friday, it will come as a blow to Quinn and his consortium as delays in the takeover process mean that he is still unable to offer O'Neill the Sunderland job.

And while it is commonly known that O'Neill has a soft spot for the Black Cats, the lure of Teesside could be too strong with the prospect of transfer funds, an excellent youth set-up, a good salary and the chance to work under one of the most respected chairmen in the country.

However if there is one sticking point in Sunderland and Quinn's favour, it is O'Neill's insistence on having his own backroom staff, while Gibson is similarly reluctant to part with any of the current backroom setup at Boro.

O'Neill has worked with assistants John Robertson and Steve Walford at Leicester and Celtic, and it is believed that being denied the chance to involve them with the England set up was one of the main reasons why he did not get the job. A similar situation could arise in discussions with Boro, as Gibson is adamant he wants the new manager to slot in easily with the current set up alongside Steve Round and Steve Harrison.

No such problems would be foreseeable at Sunderland, as the takeover of the club would see a complete overhaul and there would be no problem for O'Neill to bring in who he liked.

While the national media are reporting that O'Neill is expected to take the Boro job, Sunderland fans will be quietly confident that Quinny can pull off a massive coup and entice him to Wearside. For that to happen however, the takeover needs to be completed as soon as possible, managers like O'Neill don't wait around forever.

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Date:Monday May 29 2006

Time: 3:54PM

Your Comments

You can have him. I might be in the minority, but I do not want O'Neill at the Riverside. I'd rather have a young manager without any baggage.
DBT Riverside
I don't know whether I really rate him or not. It's not hard to win trophies with Celtic, and other managers have emulated his peformance with Leicester since.
NeilBaker
bearing in mind the hold rangers had on scottish football before O'Neill came his acheivements at celtic were impressive. As for Leicester (where he won the league cup), they've been relegated and nearly relegated again since his departure, so I'm very puzzled as to how managers since have emulated his performance there. even the respected Peter Taylor was a disaster there. O'Neill is one of the most sought after managers in British football, for a good reason.
Wearside Jack
duno why u even sacked mick
green giant 12
That would be a great coup if you got him. He is linked to every job going.
BigYid
Marin O'neil would have been a better choice for the England manager.
miked_joker
Have a look at their record and where they finished in the premiership green giant, and that might just give you a clue. ;) On a personal note, i think o'neill is one of the best tacticians around.
FEn_100
 

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