Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keane Gives Cats a Taste of Things to Come

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keane Gives Cats a Taste of Things to Come

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Niall Quinn last night insisted the Roy Keane factor has already had a major impact on Sunderland after pinpointing the Irishman's aura as the inspiration for the club's first win of the campaign.

Keane watched the Black Cats beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 before signing a three-year managerial contract and the former Republic of Ireland international will be formally unveiled at the Stadium of Light this lunchtime. Having described the 35-year-old's appointment as a 'major coup', Quinn admitted he was still finding it hard to believe he had succeeded in installing Keane in the Wearside dug-out.

The presence of the former Manchester United midfielder gave a club in crisis a lift yesterday and the Sunderland chairman has no doubt it will prove an astute move.

"This represents a major coup for this football club," said Quinn. "The fact that one of the most influential figures in world football is willing to come here and help unlock the potential should make all Sunderland fans excited for the future.

"Roy is just such an impressive guy, whose football knowledge and his desire and his passion is second to none. We just feel so fortunate to have got him. He's a world-class attraction.

"I know there are still many people shaking their heads and wondering how we managed to do it. In a way, I feel a bit like that myself. But it's here, it's happening and it's great. I'm pleased that the club is in the best possible hands available and I'm so pleased with the person we have attracted.

"Everyone can feel good around Sunderland tonight for the first time in a long time and I'm really looking forward to seeing the players learn from Roy."

Keane agreed to join the club on Sunday evening but with Quinn having already selected the team to face West Brom he waited to sign his contract after the final whistle. Yet he still managed to make a major contribution to a side beaten five times in five outings this season. …

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