EXCLUSIVE: Keano Quits!

EXCLUSIVE:The Fat Mackem Hobbit will be gutted at the news that Sunderland’s saviour Roy Keane has quit the black cats.

The former Manchester United skipper’s departure was announced at 1pm, bringing to an end a morning of fevered speculation. Keane left the club after crisis talks with chairman Niall Quinn, and the players were informed at a meeting this morning. Keane’s assistant Tony Loughlan has also left.

First-team coach Ricky Sbragia,  reserve-team boss Neil Bailey and midfielder Dwight Yorke will take charge of the team for this weekend’s trip to Manchester United.

There has been speculation about Keane’s position since last Friday when he hinted he may not stay on Wearside beyond the end of his current three-year contract.

Sunderland chairman Nail Quinn said: “First of all, on behalf of everyone here I would like to pay thanks to Roy Keane for all his hard work in progressing this club, lifting its status and growing its worldwide profile. Roy deserves huge respect for his contribution and the manner in which he guided the club from the depths of the Championship back to the Premier League. “His winning mentality and single-mindedness were just what this needed when Drumaville (the consortium that owns the club) took over shortly before his arrival. Roy’s decision to stand aside and allow someone else to take charge of the next chapter sums up his desire to always do what is best for the club. Even in his departure he has been more concerned for the welfare of the players and his staff than himself. The board has reluctantly accepted his decision and wish him and his family well for the future.”

'The Saviour .. ha-ha'

'The Saviour' .. ha ha.

Keane added: “I would like to thank my staff, players, Niall Quinn and in particular the fans for their support during my time at Sunderland, and I would like to wish the club every success in the future.”

Keane was appointed in August 2006, with the club floundering next-to-bottom of the Championship. He led the club out of the relegation zone and won promotion in his first season and then to a 15th-placed finish in the Premier League last term.

Keane spent more than £45m after winning promotion and spent another £30m this summer in a bid to take the club forward this season. But Sunderland’s form this season has been inconsistent and a run of four consecutive defeats at home in all competitions has increased the pressure on the beleaguered boss.

His side have been booed off in their last two home games and the fans also turned on skipper Dean Whitehead at the weekend when his mistake gifted Bolton their fourth goal.

Seems Mr Monkey has scooped the Shields Gazette and local bloggers again – sorry Papa John but if you took that sausage roll out of your fat mouth for a second or two you wouldn’t have been caught with your pants down!

Posted 1.25pm 4/12


3 Responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Keano Quits!”

  1. 05/12/2008 at 05:30

    Keane hasn’t done badly at Sunderland.

    Yes, he has paid quite a bit for some players who have simply not been able to perform, and some of them lack the commitment that he showed in his playing days.

    I’d have liked him to stay on and steer Sunderland out of the relegation dogfight.

  2. 2 Leazes Ender
    05/12/2008 at 21:05

    Fuckin champion, the SAD MAKEM BASTARDS who thought they had won the cup seven games ago, are in the brown arse stuff.
    I just love it when Potts and Rigg have there noses rubbed in shite man.

  3. 3 jonny
    08/12/2008 at 09:32

    Keane did a great job taking Sunderland from the bottom of the Championship and keeping them in the Premier in the first season up. But he has not been able to instill his winning attitude and mentality into his lavished and overpaid players.

    On Saturday, against Man U, they played as a team for the first time in ages.

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