Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keane in to Tackle Cats

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keane in to Tackle Cats

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Roy Keane will be charged with turning Sunderland's players into winners as their new manager.

The former Manchester United captain, who retired from playing with Celtic at the end of last season, is expected to replace chairman Niall Quinn in the dug-out for Monday's game against West Browich Albion.

Keane has been linked with the Stadium of Light post all summer but the noises from his representatives suggested the fiery former midfielder, who has been studying for his coaching badges, prefered to learn his trade as an assistant first. That and the well documented antipathy between him and his former Republic of Ireland team-mate Quinn during their playing days, seemed to legislate against Keane beginning his management career on Wearside.

But the pair seem to have put their differences behind them and the final touches are being put on the deal.

Quinn spoke yesterday of his desire to bring in someone with the right mental toughness to turn his club around after opening the season with five straight defeats, culminating in an embarrassing Carling Cup exit to bottom of League Two side Bury.

"We are trying to bring in a man who will bring steel and a winning mentality to the club," Quinn said without revealing the identity of his target. "To me he is world-class.

"Sunderland are close to getting a leading figure in world football and we will support him 100%."

While Keane is undoubtedly the "big name" Quinn was promising, and his nationality will please most of the Irish-dominated consortium which owns the club, he lacks the experience of those names at the top of Sunderland's wishlist.

Sunderland's official website would only confirm the club was speaking to a "high profile" managerial candidate. But it is widely accepted it is the ex-Red Devils favourite.

Martin O'Neill and Sam Allardyce, who were both interviewed for the England manager's role, rejected the job, forcing Quinn to turn to Keane. …

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