Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Boss Knows the Score in Second Tier; O'SHEA SAYS MANAGER'S EXPERIENCE WILL BE KEY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Boss Knows the Score in Second Tier; O'SHEA SAYS MANAGER'S EXPERIENCE WILL BE KEY

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER SAFC writer james.hunter@trinitymirror.com @JHUNTERCHRON

JOHN O'Shea says new boss Simon Grayson's Championship experience will be invaluable as Sunderland bid for a rapid return to the Premier League.

The Black Cats' squad contains only half a dozen players who have played in the second tier, skipper and former Manchester United man O'Shea one of more than 20 who have never played at that level.

Yet Grayson has told his players what to expect as they prepare for the new season, which gets under way a fortnight today.

O'Shea said: "The new manager wants to build his team, his squad, that is going to be able to cope with the demands in the Championship, and hopefully that will be able to challenge in the Championship too.

"When you face the disappointment of a relegation it is important you have everyone focused as quickly as possible on the main targets for this season.

"That is to bounce back as quickly as possible to get the club back up with the big boys in the Premier League.

"We know the Championship is so competitive and that is what the manager is trying to stress to us because he has had that experience there and he knows what you need to be successful in it.

"We have to listen to that and take it on board.

"He has spoken about the positive attitude that is going to be needed by the group.

"We are going to have to be together, to fight for each other, and to make sure the demands are on us to work as hard as we possibly can both with the ball and without it.

"That is going to be key - making sure we play cleverly, and in the right areas, so we are not inviting teams on to us. …

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