Henry Winter: Sunderland needs a charismatic new manager ... someone like Martin O'Neill
SUNDERLAND need a charismatic man to turn the light back on. They need a manager who will have an instant impact, filling the players with tactical discipline and belief while stirring hope in stands riddled with dissent and nerves. Sunderland need somebody such as Martin O’Neill, somebody special.
Other names are in the frame for this most attractive of posts, individuals of the calibre of Mark Hughes, whose reputation for organising a team on a limited budget remains undimmed by his strange exit from Fulham.
He can build a cohesive unit, as he did effectively with Wales (after a slow start as they assimilated his 4-5-1 tactics) and Blackburn Rovers. Hughes has a proven backroom team who can drill a struggling side. Hughes could do the Sunderland job.