Believe it or not, Sunderland and Saipan are worlds apart
‘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.