THE MANAGERS: Martin O'Neill

Martin O’Neill: 3 December 2011 -  30 March 2013

Martin O’Neill inherited a struggling Sunderland side but within two months of his tenure they'd fashioned nine wins from 13 games - the best start by any Sunderland manager.

The Black Cats climbed to 8th in the Premier League and secured a fifth round FA Cup place in the process.

After Sunderland secured their top-flight status O'Neill worked tirelessly to build on what had been a solid start to his tenure, but after a bright start results faded and after a downturn in fortunes in March 2013 O’Neill departed the club.

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