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O'Neill Questions If Sunderland Players Can Cope
Martin O'Neill believes he could have saved Sunderland from relegation, even though the quality of the side is not what he had hoped to produce.
Martin O'Neill: "I am still pretty disappointed, frustrated as much as anything else but life goes on.
"I'm in the business now where I think very little shocks you about professional football especially in the last 10 years.
"You can lose a job in management if your tie doesn't fit your suit.
"With the experience I have had over the years...also coming into the football club at a time when the club was pretty well on its knees.
"I believe I saved it from relegation last year and I thought that opportunity should still have been afforded to me.
"Di Canio expects to keep Sunderland up in the division and that is fine. He thinks he'll be able to do it and that is why he has been brought in.
"He has said he will do it and that is up to him.
"The DNA of Sunderland Football Club is about passion - it has been throughout the years and that is very important, very important to the supporters of the football club.
"It carries you a certain distance (but) of course you have to have ability to play.
"Overall we've got some very fine players at Sunderland at this moment.
"But we haven't enough true ability throughout the side to be able to cope with every single thing that is thrown at us.
"I don't think it is a major criticism, it is there for all to see, it's actually a fact.
"It's something you have to try and cure and want to rectify as soon as possible - that is not always possible given the time.
"The biggest dinosaur in the game happens to be the best manager in the game and he has been for years.
"He'll go down in history as one of the greats and I am talking about Sir Alex Ferguson and there is no bigger dinosaur, he is 70 years of age, he has gone with the times.
"It's interesting England turned to Roy Hodgson to become their manager with all that vast experience of international football and club football all over Europe and they turned to him because he has got this experience.
"But not only that - he has been involved in the game for a long time and he has got the know-how.
"QPR turned to Harry Redknapp. Everybody has a shelf life but it doesn't depend on age."
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