Sunderland: Candidates to Succeed Sacked Manager Martin O'Neill

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Sunderland: Candidates to Succeed Sacked Manager Martin O'Neill
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Martin O'Neill is out, sacked by Sunderland after a dismal run of eight matches without a win saw the Black Cats slip into the Premier League relegation race.

The decision, which came after Sunderland lost 1-0 at home to Manchester United on Sunday (via Daily Telegraph), was "wrong," according to one of O'Neill's former players (via BBC Sport). According to a another former manager, it was a "spoilt brat" reaction (via The Guardian).

Both might or might not be true, but either way, O'Neill isn't coming back. So who's in line to succeed him for the relegation run-in?

Keep reading for some of the names floating around.

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