Short - Results cost O'Neill

The simple answer as to why we changed managers was because our results and performances on the pitch hadn't been good for over a year.

The decision to change manager was made with only one aim - to give us the best possibility of staying in the Barclays Premier League.

I am excited that we were able to bring in Paolo. Paolo is a real training ground coach. His very choice of title of Head Coach rather than manager tells you a lot about him and his approach.

He's a real student of the game, spending hours on the training ground every day.

– Sunderland chairman Ellis Short

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