Martin O’Neill was left bemused by Sunderland’s decision to sack him last week and believes he should have been given a chance to get them out of trouble.
The former Leicester, Aston Villa and Celtic manager was relieved of his duties after the Black Cats lost at home to Manchester United last weekend.
Paolo Di Canio has been controversially appointed as O’Neill’s long term successor at the Stadium of Light with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea getting his reign up and running this afternoon.
O’Neill was brought in two years ago when Sunderland were battling for survival and the energetic boss kept them in the Premier League with little fuss.
Sunderland are just one point clear of the relegation zone and the huge money spent over the past 12 months on new signings has not showed much reward.
“Coming into the club when the club was on its knees — and I believe I saved them from relegation last year — I felt the opportunity should have still been afforded to me,” O’Neill told The Sun.
“I’m still disappointed and frustrated but life goes on. The disappointment element, more than anything else, has had an effect.
“I’m in the business now where I think very little shocks you about professional football, particularly in the last 10 years. You can nearly lose your job in management if your tie doesn’t fit your suit.”
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