Belfast Telegraph

Savage hails O'Neill impact

Robbie Savage has hailed the man-management of his former boss Martin O'Neill as "the best there is" after watching his successful impact at Sunderland.

O'Neill has transformed the Black Cats' fortunes since replacing Steve Bruce at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland have risen to 10th in the Barclays Premier League on the back of four wins and a draw from O'Neill's first six matches in charge.

Savage, who played under O'Neill at Leicester, said: "At man-management he is the best there is, incredible. That is why Martin O'Neill is one of the best. Tactically he would not compare with Arsene Wenger but management is more than just picking a team."

The ESPN analyst added: "He knows players. He knew he could hammer me and I'd come out and want to prove him wrong. Other players would go into their shell if he did that."

Sunderland beat Wigan 4-1 at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night and Savage recognised O'Neill's style immediately.

"The first thing Martin did after they won that game was to run on the pitch, put his arm around Lee Cattermole and he would have been telling him how good he was, making him feel 10-feet tall," Savage said.

"The players will have left that stadium thinking 'we can beat anybody'."


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