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Keane says he always believed Sunderland would be promoted

Keane says he always believed Sunderland would be promoted

Roy Keane hasn't thought too much about his remarkable turnaround of Sunderland this season. He hasn't had the time.
Sunderland was 23rd out of 24 teams in the League Championship when Keane joined as a rookie coach in August, just two months after retiring as a player. Last Sunday, the Black Cats were promoted to the Premier League.
Sunderland can clinch the League Championship title with a win over Luton on Sunday. Only then will the 35-year-old Keane think about his achievement.
"Maybe I can reflect after Sunday's game," Keane said. "I always tend to reflect at the end of the season. We want to finish on a high and that would be to win next Sunday and win the Championship."
Keane said he'd always hoped Sunderland would gain promotion, despite playing down the club's chances all season.
"We spoke to the players and we knew for us to have any chance of getting into the Premiership, we would have to go on a hell of a run, and that's what we did," Keane said.
Keane, who played in midfield for Manchester United for 12 years and also represented Ireland, said the first few months of his job were exhausting.
"It was absolute madness," he said. "There was so much going on and trying to get things the way we wanted them."
Keane said he had not been in contact with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who is preparing for the second leg of the Champions League semifinals against AC Milan on Wednesday.
"Listen, he has got a European Cup semifinal coming up, I would not expect it, Keane said.
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Updated : 2020-12-04 23:15 GMT+08:00