Irishman Roy Keane said he had that certain feeling that Kevin Keegan might still have a role to play, as Newcastle searched for their latest manager.
Roy Keane – good too see Keegan back
Roy was asked if he was surprised by Newcastle’s appointment:
“No, honestly, I wasn’t.” “I am not trying to be too clever here, but I had a feeling he might be back involved.â€“It is great to see him back because I do believe football, and certainly the Premier League, is lacking a few characters and Kevin is certainly one of those.â€
“It is good to see him back. I have great respect for Kevin Keegan.â€ “I have only come across him once or twice and he comes across as a really nice man. I am looking forward to pitting my wits against him.”
Keane will take Sunderland to St James’ Park on April 19, and is looking forward to pitting his wits against the experienced Keegan. But Roy doesn’t think Keegan’s arrival has raised the stakes at all between the two North East rivals any further:
“I don’t think it needs too much upping from the last time we played them. There was a good rivalry when Sam (Allardyce) was manager.â€“Obviously, it has given Newcastle a big lift. It is good to see him back because he is a good character and clearly loves his football.â€
“But my job in hand, and that hasn’t changed, is to do well for Sunderland, and it doesn’t matter what’s going on up at Newcastle or even Middlesbrough.â€ “I have got a big job here and that’s what I am trying to do.”
We’ve been impressed with Roy Keane at Sunderland. It was a good win for them last Sunday when they clearly were the better team against Portsmouth.
Of course we had done our best before that game to unsettle Portsmouth, after going after their manager, Harry Redknapp.Â Sunderland are our great local rivals, but we’d still like them to survive this season.
We’d also be quite happy for them to do well in the Premiership – as along as we beat them twice a season, and we finish higher up than them in the league. Â 😀 😀