Be­lieve it or not, Sun­der­land and Saipan are worlds apart

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‘IN­SIDE RIGHT’ didn’t re­ally want to talk about Roy Keane leav­ing Sun­der­land be­cause like many oth­ers we’re sick to the back teeth of hear­ing about it.

How­ever, for a cou­ple of rea­sons we’ve de­cided to give our tup­pence worth.

Num­ber one we’re fed up of all the ‘Roy walks out again’ head­lines and prob­a­bly more im­por­tantly there’s damn all else that springs to mind to write about this week.

What­ever you’re opin­ion, whether you think Keane walked or was pushed in Saipan six years ago has no rel­e­vance to last week’s hap­pen­ings and is just brought up by the me­dia to sell pa­pers and by brain­less barstool pun­dits to cause ridicu­lous ar­gu­ments. To be hon­est the whole thing is pretty pa­thetic and down­right child­ish.

You can pic­ture the Roy Keane knock­ers that have been wait­ing around sharp­en­ing the knives for the time to pounce, that are now rub­bing their hands glee­fully be­cause he has fallen short in his first man­age­ment job.

The sim­ple truth of the mat­ter is Keane is nei­ther all good or all bad.

The way he al­most sin­gle-hand­edly dragged us to the World Cup in 2002 has to be ad­mired just as much as his ap­palling, ca­reer end­ing tackle on Alf Inge Haa­land has to be con­demned.

Sim­i­larly, the way he brought Sun­der­land from the foot of the Cham­pi­onship to the Premier League and kept them there last sea­son has to be ap­plauded and the way he spent the mil­lions at his dis­posal has to be se­ri­ously ques­tioned, with the likes of Reid, Chim­bonda and Chopra fail­ing to il­lu­mi­nate the Sta­dium of Light.

As for those who are con­demn­ing the Corkman for re­sign­ing his post, ‘In­side Right’ finds it hard to see the sense in their think­ing.

If Keane felt he wasn’t up to the job, as he ob­vi­ously did, would it be more noble to wait around to be pushed and ac­cept a big fat pay cheque when he’s shown the door?

‘In­side Right’ thinks the an­swer to that one is ob­vi­ous, even if the anti- Keane bri­gade, or in this case an­ti­com­mon sense bri­gade, will try to con­vince you oth­er­wise.

As we’ve al­ready stated Keane is def­i­nitely no an­gel, but he doesn’t de­serve to be hung, drawn and quar­tered for sim­ply mov­ing on.

Stick­ing with a sim­i­lar theme plenty of play­ers who plied their trade un­der Alex Fer­gu­son have tried their hand at man­age­ment with few looking fit to fol­low in the foot­steps of the canny Scot.

Fergie’s fledg­ings in­clude Brian Rob­son, Paul Ince, Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes and of course Roy Keane, with none of them boast­ing glow­ing C.V.s.

Rob­son def­i­nitely didn’t set the world alight with Mid­dles­brough or West Brom, Keane is out of a job, Ince’s days looked num­bered at Black­burn, Mark Hughes is los­ing his spark at Manch­ester City while Bruce is just about keep­ing Wi­gan afloat without do­ing any­thing too spec­tac­tu­lar.

If the chiefs at Old Traf­ford are hop­ing that one of this lot will make the grade at their old stomp­ing ground, Fer­gu­son could be stuck in the hot­seat for some time to come.

Roy Keane ap­pears to have the Mar­mite ‘love him or hate him’ ef­fect on the pub­lic. ‘In­side Right’ doesn’t see it in such black and white terms.

Black­burn Rovers man­ager Paul Ince has strug­gled to adapt to life in the Premier League.

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