Saturday, November 15, 2008

IF Keane walks out on Sunderland, could he cope with the United job?

According to reports, second from bottom Sunderland could soon be looking for a new manager amidst reports that Roy Keane could be set to walk out on the Black Cats. Bookmaker, Paddy Power has suspended all betting on Keane and the Sunderland job following a deluge of betting on the manager to go.

Roy Keane cannot complain about the lack of backing from the Sunderland board since he took charge of the club, but the Irishman has found it hard to attract top quality players to the North East. An inside source has denied there's any truth in the rumours, but the bookmakers are often the first to know about these managerial shake-ups.

From the outside looking in, Keane would be crazy to quit the club and in doing so not only blemishing his short managerial career, but it could also potentially wreck any chance of landing the United job in the future. If Keane does walk out on the Black Cats, questions will be asked about his ability to stand the pressure-cooker heat of the managerial hot-seat.

What's more, with the exception of their trip to Old Trafford in December, the Black Cats have a run of games from which they should be confident about their chances of moving out of the drop zone:

Blackburn v Sunderland, 15:00

Sunday, 23 November 2008
Sunderland v West Ham, 16:00

Saturday, 29 November 2008
Sunderland v Bolton, 15:00

Saturday, 06 December 2008
Man Utd v Sunderland, 17:30

Saturday, 13 December 2008
Sunderland v West Brom, 15:00

Saturday, 20 December 2008
Hull v Sunderland, 15:00

Friday, 26 December 2008
Sunderland v Blackburn, 15:00

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