Thursday, December 04, 2008

Keane walked before he was pushed.....

Roy Keane has without doubt done the right thing in resigning as Sunderland manager, because if he hadn't gone soon, then the Black Cats would in all probability have fired him.

Keane's ghost-writer Eamon Dunphy came out earlier in the week and said that the Sunderland manager had 'lost the plot', which pretty much sums up the situation having bought so many players.

In resigning now and at this stage of the season at least it gives Sunderland a chance to appoint a new manager who will have time to turn things around.

On Roy Keane's future, as Dunphy said it's another case of a great player failing on the managerial scene.

In many ways it's a sad state of affairs given how much experience the Irishman has as a player at the very highest level, because in England chances are that Keane will be written-off as a potential managerial candidate in the future, at least at any of the big clubs.

In sharp contrast, on the continent when a manager fails in a country like Italy, the reaction to managerial failure is looked upon differently, the general view is that the project and not the manager has failed.

Ironically, Dunphy was totally wrong about one thing which is that he didn't expect Keane to quit...

United take on Sunderland this weekend, you wonder if the prospect of another hammering for the Black Cats was simply too much for Keane to take.

Listen to Dunphy's damning verdict on Keane

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