Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has revealed that he will not be spending a huge amount of money in the summer, but instead will be focusing on developing the youth at the club. Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has since developed a reputation for spending big money during his time at Aston Villa.
However, he is yet to come close to his spending at the Stadium of light, despite helping the club reached the safety of our season in the Premier league quite easily. He has said that he will be adopting a different stance with the club this season, as he will be focusing more on bringing the youth from the academy.
Sunderland have spent a lot of money under the previous managers Roy Keane and Steve Bruce. Hence, they need to be looking at balancing the books in order to comply with the rules and regulations imposed by the European football body UEFA. It will be the only chance they will get to play in the European competitions like the Europa league according to Martin O’Neill. The former Leicester City manager has already given a chance to James McLean, who went to the Euro 2012 with the Republic of Ireland squad as a result of those opportunities.
“I have to be open to the young players coming into the first team squad like Jack did. I think it’s a big step – I think it’s a genuinely big step to go from playing reasonably well in pre-season to the Premier League. I know that from past experience. My recent experience at Aston Villa was that with a young team we won the Peace Cup and we beat Juventus in the final, who had all their senior players playing. But Juventus were playing at three quarter pace,” said Martin O’Neill in the club’s pre-season news conference.