Mann appointed as O'Neill resigns!
Sunderland AFC have today announced that inexperienced manager Jason Mann will lead the side following Martin O'Neill's resignation.
O'Neill, formerly of Aston Villa, Celtic and Leicester, handed in his resignation to club Chairman Ellis Short following a health scare to his wife. O'Neill's wife has battled with cancer for several years - and after a fall in her health Martin O'Neill declared his resignation to look after her. Following his decision, O'Neill declared his wife was "safe and well" - although he wanted to spend some time with his family before considering his future options.
Chairman Ellis Short wished Martin and his family well - before announcing Sunderland's new manager, Jason Mann. Mann signs on a two-year-deal despite having no previous managerial experience. Former manager Martin O'Neill has, however, worked with Mann for several months now and reportedly recommended the young manager for the role.
Mann is a life-long Sunderland fan - similar to Martin O'Neill. Despite his inexperience, O'Neill stated the youngster was "in the tactical know" and hoped Mann could continue his steady progress last season. After signing a deal at the club he loves, Jason Mann had this to say: "I'm absolutely delighted to be hired. The club has had potential for many years and Martin made good progress with a young side last year. I hope to come in and add players to the squad that bring something different to the side."
The young manager has reportedly already registered an interest in Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond and may be willing to sell Irishman James McClean to fund the move.