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Reports: Manager Roy Keane leaves Sunderland

Reports: Manager Roy Keane leaves Sunderland

Roy Keane reportedly left as Sunderland manager on Thursday following weeks of rumors that he had lost interest and motivation.
Keane had been in talks with chairman Niall Quinn since suggesting after Saturday's 4-1 Premier League home defeat to Bolton that the game could have been his last.
Citing anonymous sources, Sky Sports News and The Independent newspaper's Web site said Thursday that Keane had left the club after a little more than two years in charge.
Sunderland did not immediately recall calls seeking comment.
The former combative midfielder has a history of abrupt departures, having left Ireland and Manchester United suddenly following disputes with both.
However, this move appears more thought out after Keane publicly questioned his future in management following his costly new signings' failure to significantly improve performances.
The 37-year-old Keane said last week that he was not sure if he would be in charge of the northeast England club when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Keane took over in August 2006 with Sunderland last in the second-tier League Championship. He swiftly revived the team, leading it to the title at the end of that season and then keeping it in the Premier League.
Sunderland is 18th in the 20-team Premier League and again fighting relegation.
Keane's leadership abilities as a player meant he had long been touted as a future manager. He joined the Black Cats just two months after retiring from a playing career in which he won seven Premier League titles and four FA Cups with United.
Keane won plaudits from commentators for his apparent reinvention as a calm and collected coach, an identity at odds with his energy on the field, which occasionally manifested itself as fury and violence.
Keane walked out on Ireland at the 2002 World Cup following furious altercations with the coaching staff. He left United three years later after a row with manager Alex Ferguson, who was unhappy that he had publicly criticized his teammates' performance and attitude.


Updated : 2021-10-23 22:54 GMT+08:00