Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keane's Aiming to Manage the Pain

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keane's Aiming to Manage the Pain

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

Roy Keane believes it was his destiny to manage Sunderland ( and is starting to think his fate might be to be permanently overworked.

The novice manager leads his side against Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light today hoping to see a reaction from his first defeat in charge, 3-1 at Ipswich Town. But while admitting the pain of losing hurt "100 times harder" than it had as a player" he insisted it had not deterred him from his new career path.

"I didn't cope with defeat well as a player and even worse as a manager ( 100 times worse I'd say," said the 35-year-old. "Winning's just the same, though. As a player you look at your own performance knowing you can do something about it but as a manager you have to step back and take it. I'm looking at the bigger picture.

"Even last Saturday night, as much as it was hurting me, I thought I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. This is the challenge for me. I couldn't be happier, not with the defeat but the challenge that lies ahead.

"I've no doubt this is where I'm meant to be ( absolutely no doubt ( and I'm under no illusions of the challenge ahead. But I'm also under no illusions I'm the man for the job."

Keane admitted his new job is consuming his life and he is starting to accept that might always be the case. He said: "I read something about ArsAne Wenger the other day, he said some people live off football and some live for it. It can take over and it can be difficult to switch off. I'm hoping things will settle down eventually but I don't think it will.

"The managers I've spoken to over the last few weeks say it's like that all the time. But when I took the job I didn't just jump into it. I thought about it, had four months off, did my coaching and plenty of family holidays and that was fantastic. But I wouldn't rather be anywhere else, even after the defeat last week. …

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