Roy Keane for Sunderland hot seat?

One of the great feuds of Irish football would sensationally appear to be over as rumours are rife that Sunderland Chairman, Niall Quinn, will today unveil Roy Keane as the struggling club’s new manager. In a truly bizarre twist, Keane will be taking over from where his arch nemesis, Mick McCarthy, left off as Sunderland manager last year.

There was controversy in May 2002 when Keane missed Niall Quinn’s testimonial game. Keane also had harsh words for Quinn following a particularly memorable Sunderland encounter with Manchester Utd only weeks after the Corkman had walked out on the Irish team at the World Cup. In that September 2002 game, Keane was sent off for a tackle on fellow Irish international, Jason McAteer, who mockingly referred to Keane’s Eamon Dunphy-drafted autobiography.
Then, of course, there was that World Cup row. The contrast between Quinn’s dedication and commitment to his country and that of Keane was truly exposed with Quinn’s magnificent performances in the World Cup in 2002, when he led the team to the knock-out stages and stepped in as a team leader amidst the furore surrounding Keane’s exit.

  • Henry94

    Good luck to Roy, Niall and Sunderland. It is good to see them putting the past behind them

    The contrast between Quinn’s dedication and commitment to his country and that of Keane was truly exposed with Quinn’s magnificent performances in the World Cup in 2002

    Of course some people just can’t let it go.

  • brendan,belfast

    Radio Ulster handled this very badly this morning with an interview with Tommy Doherty. Doherty referred to Keane going for his coaching badges (which he already has) and referred to Keane and Quinn having played together at international level. no mention of Sapian and Keane’s subsequent ‘Mother Theresa’ remarks then…….

    surely someone, anyone, other than Doherty could have provided a better insight?

  • Garibaldy

    Chris,

    As I recall the ‘tackle’ on McAteer was an elbow in the mouth. Which was entirely funny.

  • Dec

    On the subject of McAteer, legend has it that during his time at Liverpool he applied for a credit card, and on the application form where it asked for occupation, he wrote ‘Wing Back’…

  • Garibaldy

    There was the one also about him being asked would he like his pizza cut in four pieces or eight, and he said four as he couldn’t eat eight.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Henry94

    Another Keano apologist, blinded by Red Devil loyalty perhaps??

    That aside, I actually think it will be fascinating to see how Keane, Quinn and Sunderland get on from here. Given the shocking performances of the team to date this season, even avoiding relegation would probably be considered an achievement this season.

    And best of luck to both of them.

  • K Doherty

    Good luck to him but i can’t understand why he’s taken the post. The club are strapped for cash.

  • andy

    As a Geordie I’m reluctant to say good luck to the mackems, but it might be worth noting here that there is a long established Irish tradition at Sunderland Football Club.

    Not really sure why that is, I was told there were lots of Irish workers in the Sunderland docks – although there would have been just as many Irish workers around Newcastle as well.
    The Fenian Brotherhood sent a consignment of guns to Newcastle in the Nineteenth Century and I believe there was some Irish Republican presence in Newcastle around the time of the War of Independence.

  • smcgiff

    ‘although there would have been just as many Irish workers around Newcastle as well.’

    There are currently 3 ROI players in current Newcastle first team. How bad! 🙂

  • Bushmills

    FFS!!! Yesterday the odds on Keano were 75-1 taking this job. I wish I had put a couple of hundred quid on him!!!

    Should this not be the place for such insider info?!!!!