Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Former Manchester United star Roy Keane has been tipped to take over struggling Championship side Sunderland.
The club are expected to unveil the former Ireland international as their new manager.
Niall Quinn's Sunderland side experienced their fifth loss in as many games, and the chairman/manager announced that he was to step down before the club's next league game on. After a 2-0 loss to Bury in a Carling Cup match, the Irishman said revealed he'd be reverting back to his primary job as chairman.
"It's been hard being temporary manager. We're way behind but I'd hope for monday's game it's 70-30 now we'll have a world-class manager in place. I've been working hard behind the scenes to get the manager in place. I probably won't be in charge for the West Brom game on Monday."
The irascible former captain of Manchester United, and former player for Nottingham Forest, and er, Celtic in his final campaign last year, will face a challenge, with the Black Cats sitting at the bottom of the Championship table, with four league losses to start the season.
I have to say, as an Arsenal fan who remembers Keano at his best (refusing to play for Ireland in the 2002 World Cup and his love of Patrick Vieira), I hope to see him follow in the footsteps of other Man U greats who made the move to management (Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson).
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