Martin O’Neill has moved quickly to pour cold water over rumours that he is about to leave Sunderland.
The Northern Irishman was linked with a premature Stadium of Light exit on Twitter following the weekend’s 4-2 home loss to West Bromwich Albion but he has admitted his surprise at the speculation and made it clear he is not about to leave anytime soon.
"Yes, it was a bit of a surprise, really. Nothing probably should surprise me in the game, but yes,” he said ahead of Tuesday night’s home clash with QPR.
"There was nothing in it. Anybody can tweet these days. I think it happened a couple of years ago as well, something like that, a similar sort of thing.
"But that's the nature of it. But no, I was pretty surprised."