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Martin O'Neill Backs Former Assistant Roy Keane To Shine At Sunderland

Martin O'Neill Backs Former Assistant Roy Keane To Shine At Sunderland
By Gary Connaughton

Roy Keane's potential return to Sunderland has certainly got plenty of chins wagging.

The former Ireland captain has not managed a team for over a decade, although he has made it clear in recent times that he is ready and willing to take over a team again.

Sunderland would seem like an ideal fit. Keane has plenty of history with the club and they seem badly in need of somebody who can get their players firing again.

In saying that, there does remain some serious questions about his fit as a manager in the modern game. His methods often seem at odds with what is required to get the best out of this generation of players, with the Cork man taking a more hardline approach than many of the more successful managers around at the moment.

Despite this, Martin O'Neill believes he would be an excellent addition at Sunderland.

The 69-year old knows Roy Keane well, having worked together for six years with both Ireland and Nottingham Forest. Speaking to The Times, he said his former assistant would be a good fit at the North-East club.

It’s a great fit because Roy had success there before. It’s splendid news.

From my experiences working with Roy, I would really want to play for him and I would readily accept any tough times and hard words for what the praise would mean if I did something terrific to please him.

Roy said qualification for the Euros and the time in France and the night against Italy (winning with an 85th-minute goal to qualify for the knockout stage) were up with anything he did as a player. Roy has said it too many times for me not to believe him.

O'Neill knows Sunderland well, having himself managed the club for a couple of years at the start of the last decade.

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Keane's arrival would certainly make their second half of the season a lot more interesting.

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