Sunderland chairman Ellis Short's mission to recruit Martin O'Neill as the club's next manager has entered a third day.
The two parties opened negotiations on Thursday evening in the wake of Steve Bruce's departure from the Stadium of Light 24 hours earlier, and continued with a second round of talks on Friday. Those conversations are understood to have remained positive in nature, but the final detail remains to be agreed.
Sources on Wearside are optimistic that a successful conclusion can be reached over the weekend.
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