Sunderland legend Charlie Hurley has backed Martin O'Neill to be a resounding success at the Stadium of Light.
The former Aston Villa boss was appointed Black Cats manager on Saturday and will be tasked with transforming a floundering team on Wearside.
O'Neill watched from the stands on Sunday as Sunderland squandered a lead against relegation rivals Wolves at Molineux, and knows full well the size of the task in hand.
But Hurley - know by Sunderland fans as 'The King' - believes the right man is at the helm to guide the north east outfit back up the Barclays Premier League table.
"Sunderland fans love their football club and Sunderland fans deserve to have Martin in charge," Hurley told safc.com.
"Martin is obviously delighted to have made the move and he will find out within a short period of time that these fans are loyal."
He added" "Martin expects his players to behave like professionals but allows them to have an opinion.
"At the end of the day, he wants players who will play for him.
"He guarantees a team that will play for each other and for him, which will very much please the supporters.
"He is someone I have always had great respect for."