Keane Out After Six Sunderland Defeats In Seven Games

In a surprise move it is being reported that Roy Keane and Sunderland have parted company this morning, and the Sunderland players have been informed of Keane’s departure at a meeting earlier today.

Roy Keane – out as manager of Sunderland

Well, that’s what comes of beating Newcastle United at Sunderland for the first time in 28 years.

Since that time, when Sunderland and Keane were on a high, Sunderland have proceeded to lose 6 of their last 7 league games, and it doesn’t reflect well on Roy Keane, that he has elected to quite the North East club, in such dire circumstances.

Apparently there have been intense discussions behind the scenes between Keane, Chairman, Niall Quinn, and others and they have decided to part company with Keane.

Roy Keane was appointed as manager only 27 months ago, and immediately got them promoted from the Championship in his first season in charge.

This means that both Newcastle and Sunderland have lost their managers this season.

We had always throught that Keane would go on to be a very successful manager, but it just shows how things can change so quickly in football.  You never know when you are going to go on a bad run, which can presumably start at any time.

We would be very surprised if Sam Allardyce gets the job at Sunderland, but his name is being banded around, but we’ll see what Sunderland plan to do, probably within the next few days.
Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • Greeg B

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry wrong blog, I thought this was the NUFC blog…. my mistake 😀

    Seriously though, either shows Keane hasnt got the bottle to struggle through a tought run or Quinn is a wee bit hasty.

    Facts are that Keane has spent an absolute fortune with little to show for it, much like ourselves……….

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #2


  • ronaldeano

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3

    They loved their “Keano”!!!!! 🙂

    That’l piss quite a few Mackems off!! 🙂

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #4

    hes on the dole

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    “Where’s ya keano gone…where’s ya keano gone”….lol That will be the chant rigning arund st. james on sat!

    I am slightly dissapointed because i could see keano taking them down; now we require fat sam to take over and finish what keano started! He will surely take them back into the championship the useless fat f@ck!

    hahahaha who’s the laughing stock of the EPL now?????? Chimbona on arepoted 50k per week???? hahahahahaha

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    News is Quinn himself will take over.

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    If true, it’s the worst thing Sunderland could have ever done. He’s the best manager they’ve had in ages.
    I wonder if he’s fancy a job at NUFC along side Shearer? They used to get on ok together didn’t they? 😉

    Wonder if all the orish flags will suddenly disappear?

  • NE1

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #8

    and we’re supposed to care why??

  • redeye

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #9

    ’bout time we had bit of good news.

  • Jamie G

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    He just had to face facts. He spent around £80M on players, and although they have a few decent players, they just don’t seem to have the quality you would expect as a result of such expenditure.He was spoiled for talent at utd, and untimately, unless he gets a top job he was always going to have problems in management with the fact that (unless he got abu dhabi owners) he was never going to work with players of the same quality as his illustrious playing days.Given a good job, I think Keane would be a top class manager.

  • DanToon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #11


  • Cam_toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Keno walks away… Keno Keno Walks away. lol

  • Phillipe Alberrrrrrt!!!

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    Howay Wisey free job for you go now!!!

  • HeronMag

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #14

    My money’s on Fat Sam to get the job. He used to play for the mackems.

  • Ian

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #15

    we may be able to sign Cisse next summer.

    We may also get Djiouf if we were stuck for buttons.

    Richardson is a player worth having too.

    They have moved up here, may get unsettled and be up for grabs.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Nice idea, Philippe. Wisey is possibly the only qualified manager who is anything like as easy to dislike as Keano. (A friend of mine insuled Wise by not recognising him in her local in Beaconsfield recently. She asked him (she was behind the bar) if it was ok that the pink champagne was £65, in case it was a bit pricey. Not making this up. Classic.)

    Aaaahnyway – back on track: I’m actually disappointed Keano’s gone, partly because it’s nice to hate a manager along with his team, and partly because I actually thought Keano deserved better after (let’s be honest) enabling us to even HAVE derbies this season. Shame he won one of ’em, but there ya go.

    I will miss the song about him and his dog, too.

    Do-da, do-da.

  • Ian

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    PS, no joking but it shows £77m goes nowhere in setting up a premiership team.

    Cisse is on loan, Djiouf for £2.5m, the rest of the money spent but have massive holes in their team, midfield and defense.

    Once you are away from relegation no less than £25m on top of all sales to hang on in the premiership, not to climb.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Wouldn’t mind poaching Richardson if they go down. But I also doubt they will.

    Question is this: is the fun of watching them go down worth the loss of the derby games? Toughie. Personally, I think the championship-premiership yoyo impression is funniest.

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #19

    I missed the part about Quinn taking over. He did such a good job last time, so there should be no worries there.
    It’s always funny to have a laugh at the expense of the unwashed lot down the road, they really have shot themselves in the foot this time.

    Oh well, at least we can take solace in the fact that no matter how bad it gets at NUFC you can always rely on the mackems to mess up and make us look good.

  • és

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Ey Lads! why doesn’t u people like Dennis Wise? he have done a brilliant job (:…I like him more and more 🙂

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Whumpie – Would you not take Kenwyne Jones too? I really rate him.
    As for the derby games. I know it may not be the popular stance on here, but I’d much rather have NUFC, Sunderland and Smogs in the PL than not. Yeah, it’s funny to see them relegated and all the Red House and Monkwearmouth scummers crying into their knock off gear, but everyone loves the derby games and I’d rather any north east team take a PL position rather than it go to a midlands or a london team.

  • BT9MAG

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Kenwyne Jones as a replacement for Viduka?

  • Jonny

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Keane is believed to be a contender for the vacant Huddersfield Town job, having shown interest in the position when he heard their nickname was The Terriers.

    meanwhile, An RSPCA spokesman said:
    “this is a great day for the canine population of the region, who need live in fear no longer”.

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Much better to have them in the Premiership, provided we turn the corner and give them a hiding next time and continue to right that last wrong. It’s also a great time to work in Sunderland. Oh how they are fretting….

  • zico martin

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #25

    33 players signed between 60-70m spent you could count on one hand the half decent ones not a recipe for success is it.
    some of them are shouting for the return of peter reid monkeys heed what a laugh.
    me i’d prefer howard wilkinson or lawrie mcmenemy.
    for once i’ll enjoy going to work with the mackems tomorrow

  • Jonny

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #26

    An RSPCA spokesman said:
    “this is a great day for the canine population of the region, who need live in fear no longer”.

  • Mike Ashley

    Dec 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #27


    I know its not needed but


  • LooneyToon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #28

    here here bowburn….they are talking sense for once….all i can here from my desk is “ere, we are garning dowen like”..


  • zico martin

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #29

    I’ve just been looking through the SMB fan sites (which may i add are really crap) to have a laugh at what there saying about keane going when i came across this absolute gem of an very old entry.

    Howard is an inspired choice – who better to get Sunderland climbing that league? He has all the experience of Premiership football. We will show them Magpies what we can do with our ex-England manager. Well done Mr Murray, you have come up trumps again.
    Keith Robertson, Jarrow, UK


  • Graham

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #30

    The majority of people on here need to grow up and have some sympathy as we all know what it feels like to lose a manager. Have a thought for those poor supporters of our closest neighbours.

    During this festive season we need to show compassion to any Sunderland fans we may speak to. Offer them a shoulder to cry on, give support during their time of need. After all, it isn’t easy being an unwashed lepar in todays society.

    These poor window lickers have had a bad time in our shadow for long enough, and just when they thought they could see light at the end of the tunnel it turned out to be the 9.45 from Kings Cross hurtling towards them.

    So as Roy Keane and his family put out their dustbin fires and pack up their caravans in the Stadium of plights car park, lets all just be thankfull that the dirty little Oirish pikey and his family are leaving.

    And in the run up to Christmas, these sad, unwashed fools can now start dreaming about a fat bloke, full of promise rolling into town. Only what he delivers isn’t really what you had on your wish list. Come on down, Sam Allardyce!!

    Merry Christmas everyone, who needs presents when you have the mackems to laugh at!!!

  • workyticket

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #31

    It shows the error in assuming that a legendary player and captain will automatically become a legendary manager. 😉

  • workyticket

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #32

    ps LOL Jonny!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #33

    LMFAO !!!!!

    Can’t wait for Saturday – 3 points and taking the pish out of the SMB’s !!!!

    Ho’way the lads !!! 😀

  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Bring back monkey’s heed !!!! lol

    I loved that song !!!


  • Micky Toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #35

    In all seriousness, I know it’s hard to be serious about this, but I really thought old Keano would have done a decent job. He’s played under two of the best managers of all time Brian Clough and Sir Alex. Some of that must have rubbed off on Keane.
    I know this won’t be a popular stance, but I do have a lot of time for Keane, he just chose the wrong club to manage.

    Workyticket – I see what you did there. Living up to your name I see. 🙂


    Dec 4, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #36

    alardyce for sunderland.!!!!!!!!!!


    Dec 4, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #37

    the mackems are going down. Remember they managed to attract alot of players through keanes rep… as sunderland is completly unknown anywhere outside of england. Most people I talk to think its a theme park, well they are right there!! So most players will be looking at the table, and alardyce coming in and will want to run… who would blame them!

  • nimo

    Dec 4, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #38

    lol lets all laugh at the mackems turfing out the only decent manager they had in recent years hahahhaha

  • JENKY (Ross)

    Dec 4, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #39

    talk about shooting yourself in the foot. absolutly hilarious. They’ve been having a right good laugh at the state of us for a while now, and karma has came to get them.
    Keane for me could be a very good manager, but when you’ve spent the money that he has, you’re in the bottom 3, you’ve lost 6 out of 7 and you’re away to take a complete spanking from your former employee in a weeks time, you can understand him running scared 🙂 haha.
    However, i’d preferr not to see them relegated. we’ve been without the derby for years thanks to them being a heap of sh!te and i’d rather have them here because you cant beat home or away to the mackems!

  • NepToon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #40

    102nd reason to hate Fat Sam. He is trying to manage the scum now.


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