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O'Neill promises January activity

ESPN staff
November 27, 2012
Sunderland were beaten at home at the weekend © Getty Images

Martin O'Neill has confirmed that Sunderland will be looking to the January transfer window to strengthen the squad after a poor start to the Premier League season.

Rumours were rife on Saturday evening that O'Neill had tendered his resignation following the club's 4-2 home defeat to West Brom - something that was promptly denied by the club and the former Aston Villa boss has added to that by stating his desire to deliver a side that the fans will be "delighted with".

O'Neill said: "I think that we will have to be looking at trying to strengthen the squad in January without doubt. Both me and the owner want to deliver a team that, not only will the fans be delighted with but it will compete."

The Black Cats were recently linked with Portuguese midfielder Michael Tavares and Swedish defender Anders Granqvist with O'Neill confirming he's enjoyed good dialogue with the club's owner regarding the future.

"The owner has said to me here this will take some time to get things together and I would be hoping I don't intend to do it in 10 years as that would bore the life out of everybody," O'Neill said.

"But I intend to do it as quickly as I possibly can - for one if you are winning it gives you respite, but more importantly gives you a wee bit more time to put your team together.

"I can't judge from other people. I don't say I would know Mr Short fantastically well. We've had some very good conversations and he is the one pointing out to me this will take time."

Despite high hopes on Wearside following the summer arrivals of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher, O'Neill also explained that Short has placed no expectation on himself or the club, with stability being his only desire, something his manager believes will consequently breed success.

"He is not expecting anything at the minute and he genuinely wants stability at the football club," he added. "And in the past it's the teams who have shown stability who have come through it.

"It is tough, there is no doubt, and like everybody else I would not mind a few more points on the board if we could get them.

"But I knew it would be tough. I think I'll complete a year in a couple of weeks' time at the football club and a 38-game season whatever the case may be and I want to do well at the club."

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