Martin O'Neill is keeping his fingers crossed that his Sunderland side's new-found confidence will not be shattered by title hopefuls Manchester City.
Defenders Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble are major doubts for Sunderland's home clash with league leaders Manchester City.
Sunderland defender John O'Shea believes the Black Cats can spring a surprise and get something off Man City on New Year's Day.
Martin O'Neill is set to watch Nyron Nosworthy play for Watford on Saturday as he ponders recalling some players from loan in January.
Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon has hailed new boss Martin O'Neill for restoring confidence at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland winger Sebastian Larsson insists his side can upset league leaders Manchester City on New Year's Day.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is happy to have taken seven points from the first 12 on offer during his reign.
Martin O'Neill was philosophical after seeing referee Howard Webb's howler deny Sunderland victory over Everton.
Wes Brown insists the men who got Sunderland into their early-season difficulties can get them out again after a welcome resurgence.
Martin O'Neill claims he has not had any enquiries for Craig Gardner and he is determined to keep him at Sunderland.
Martin O'Neill will hand a late fitness check to striker Connor Wickham before Sunderland's Boxing Day clash with Everton.
Martin O'Neill is set to make a bold move in the transfer marker and try and land Bobby Zamora for £8m according to reports.
Sunderland defender Wes Brown has described his first goal for the Black Cats as 'one of the most important goals I have scored'.
After picking up another last gasp victory Sunderland's new boss Martin O'Neill says he did miss the emotional rollercoaster of games.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill admits that the pressure is mounting on managers all the time but that he is 'addicted to the job'.
Martin O'Neill looks likely to be without the services of striker Connor Wickam for the clash at QPR because he has a knee problem.
Martin O'Neill has admitted Sunderland need to up their points per game ratio if they are to stay out of trouble this season.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has urged his strikers to take on the responsibility of firing the club out of trouble.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has warned his players he will not tolerate bad behaviour on and off the pitch.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has revealed Connor Wickham could be included in his squad to face Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday.
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is expected to shake off his knee injury in time to face QPR on Wednesday night.
Martin O'Neill is in the race to sign Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic but he faces a battle with QPR for his signature.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill was happy with his team's efforts during the defeat at Tottenham.
On-loan Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has issued a formal apology after he was arrested for alleged criminal damage.
Sunderland winger James McClean's first taste of Premier League action has whetted his appetite for more.
New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed he has yet to decide whether to strengthen his squad in January.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has hinted that striker Asamoah Gyan may still have a future at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland's David Vaughan says he expects Tottenham to come out all guns blazing when they tackle his Sunderland side on Sunday.
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill could have three more players at his disposal for Sunday's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has confirmed that injured keeper Craig Gordon is to have more tests on his injured knee.
New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has set his sights on a new striker after learning he can not recall Asamoah Gyan from his loan.
Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan has hailed the impression made by goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
Summer signing Connor Wickham has already impressed Martin O'Neil,l who looks likely to hand him a major role at Sunderland.
Martin O'Neill is being strongly linked with a swoop for Fulham's Bobby Zamora as rumours persist about a bust-up with Martin Jol.
Manager Martin O'Neill was "overwhelmed" by the reception he received before taking charge of Sunderland for the first time against Blackburn.
David Vaughan claims the arrival of Martin O'Neill to the club has brought belief back to the side just at the right time.
Sunderland are one of a number of clubs showing an interest in England striker Bobby Zamora who looks set to leave the Cottagers.
New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has warned fans there are many 'dark days ahead' as he tries to turn around their fortunes.
Martin O'Neill singled out James McClean and Connor Wickham for special praise after Sunderland battled back to beat Blackburn.
Martin O'Neill celebrated his first match in charge of Sunderland in "surreal" fashion with a dramatic late victory over Blackburn.
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short has revealed former manager Steve Bruce lost his job because his team had underperformed for too long.
Martin O'Neill has revealed that the key to Sunderland's fate could well rest at the feet of striker Nicklas Bendtner.
New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has made getting the best out of striker Nicklas Bendtner one of his key priorities.
Nicklas Bendtner is a doubt for Sunderland in Martin ONeill's first game in charge against Blackburn after missing training this week.
New boss Martin O'Neill says bringing confidence back to Sunderland is "key to everything" as he prepares for his first game in charge.
Sunderland are one of a host of clubs said to be on the trail of Bristol City winger Albert Adomah but they face strong competition.
New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is looking into the possibility of bringing Asamoah Gyan back to the club.
New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has added Hibernian's former head of performance Jim Henry to his backroom staff, the Edinburgh club have confirmed.
Assistant boss Eric Black has backed Martin O'Neill to lift the moral at the club after he handed over the first team reins.
New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says he is spurred on by ambition at the club and he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Martin O'Neill insists he accepted the job of Sunderland boss without a single mention of the transfer kitty he can expect in January.
Martin O'Neill admits Sunderland are in "a little trouble" and has described the weekend clash with Blackburn as "very important".
New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill says the up and coming Christmas period will be vital as they try to build up a head of steam.
Sunderland defender Wes Brown is looking for a fresh start for everyone at the club following the arrival of Martin O'Neill.
Sunderland star Kieran Richardson is hoping the introduction of Martin O'Neill at the club can get them back to winning ways.
Martin O'Neill says he is determined to make a success of the job as Sunderland manager after signing a three-year deal at the club.
Sunderland have named Martin O'Neill as their new manager, the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss has signed a three-year-deal.
Sunderland are on the verge of appointing Martin O'Neill as their new boss after he arrived at the club's training ground on Saturday.
Sunderland caretaker manager Eric Black will be without striker Connor Wickham for the clash with Wolves at Molineux on Sunday.
Martin O'Neill is close to agreeing terms with Sunderland to become their next manager and replace Steve Bruce.
Sunderland have made contact with Martin O'Neill as they look to replace Steve Bruce as manager at the club.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes Steve Bruce should have been given more time at Sunderland.
Former Sunderland player Michael Gray believes Mark Hughes is the perfect candidate to revive the Wearsiders.
Martin O'Neill and Mark Hughes are the early front runners to replace Steve Bruce who was sacked by Sunderland on Wednesday.
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