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O'Neill resignation reports quashed

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 just one game in their last eight and are just three points above the drop zone in the Premier League table, languishing in 16th place.

The home defeat to the Baggies triggered reports that O'Neill, who joined the club in December 2011 and engineered a turnaround that took them from the bottom three to a 13th-place finish, 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," he 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.

"There is a big game Tuesday night, so we have to try and get ourselves prepared for that."

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