A View From Below

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Sunderland believe in life after Keane

Written 13/12/2008 after the sacking of Sunderland manager Roy Keane!

Sunderland begin resurgence under Caretaker Ricky Sbragia

Sunderland’s emphatic 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion was their first without manager Roy Keane and takes them out of the relegation zone.


Their brilliant performance against out-of-sorts and bottom of the league West Brom may lead Chairman Niall Quinn into a rethink into any managerial appointment as Ricky Sbragia’s charges rampaged to a home demolition.


Kenwyne Jones reminded Keane of what he was missing towards the end of his reign as manager as two goals within five minutes from the striker highlighted his finishing abilities. Goals either side of half time from Andy Reid and Dijbrill Cisse wrapped up the win for the Black Cats.


A reinvigorated Sunderland side looked buoyed from Kenwyne Jones return from injury and strong performances from Jones, Kieren Richardson and Cisse must have made the supporters wonder why Keane left such a talented group of players.


It seems as if Keane had begun to lose some of his strong desire to succeed that epitomises the Irishmen in his last few games for the club as determination gave way to frustration, something that was felt throughout the club.


Sunderland had been looking tired and lethargic in their past performances but an injection of energy was showed to record their first win in three games.


It remains to be seen whether or not Roy Keane will return to management in their near future but it cannot be said that he has left the club in a bad position for the next manager and Sunderland’s future may not be looking as gloomy as first envisaged.


February 22, 2009 - Posted by | Football

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