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O'Neill resignation rumours rubbished

ESPN staff
November 24, 2012
Sunderland were beaten 4-2 by West Brom © Getty Images

ESPN sources have confirmed that Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has not handed in his resignation after reports suggested he was ready to quit the club following the 4-2 defeat to high-flying West Brom.

Sunderland have won one game in their last eight and are three points off the drop zone in the Premier League table as they languish in 16th place.

The defeat to the Baggies triggered reports that O'Neill, who joined the club in December 2011 while they were in the relegation zone and engineered a turnaround which ultimately saw them finish 13th last season, had quit.

But, while owner Ellis Short will meet with O'Neill this weekend to discuss the club's position, the Northern Irishman has not thrown in the towel yet and is focused on the game with QPR in midweek.

"It [the defeat] was tough to take I felt we put a big effort in," O'Neill said after the game. "I think there's a lot to positives to take out of the match, but we look as if we can maybe get a goal again now which is very encouraging.

"Big game Tuesday night, so we to try and get ourselves prepared for that."

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