Pressure Mounts On Martin O'Neillby Jack Kitson / 28 November 2012, 10:15Tweet
The pressure continues to mount on under-fire Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill after the Black Cats failed to beat rock-bottom QPR on Tuesday. The goalless draw means his side have now won just two of their last 21 league games and they now face a daunting run of fixtures in December, with O’Neill currently the 6/4 favourite with Stan James to become the third managerial casualty in the Premier League Sack Race.
Despite their poor form Sunderland would have been confident of winning their first home match in two months as they were facing a struggling side who had registered just four points from their opening 13 matches, and on top of that were without an away league win for over a year. However, O’Neill’s men endured a frustrating goalless stalemate, with Harry Redknapp earning a creditable point in his first game in charge of Rangers.
When O'Neill took charge of the Wearside club last season he inspired a stunning transformation in-form: winning nine of his first 13 matches in all competitions as he catapulted his boyhood side from a precarious position up into the top-half of the table. They eventually finished 13th but their poor end of season form - no wins from their final eight matches - has continued into the current campaign, with Sunderland recording just two league wins.
As a result they are currently hovering dangerously above the relegation zone in 16th and their position could get worse if Southampton beat Norwich on Wednesday, with Paddy Power pricing them at 9/2 to suffer relegation at the end of the season. At the moment there are no Next Sunderland Manager Odds available but when there are they will be displayed on the aforementioned page.
From 2nd December through to 2nd January Sunderland face a decisive run of fixtures. Next up is a tricky trip to in-form Norwich on Sunday, which is followed by matches against Chelsea, Reading, Man Utd, Southampton, Man City, Tottenham and Liverpool - with the crunch games against relegation rivals Reading and the Saints of particular importance.