Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Boss Considers Recalling Loan Men

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cats Boss Considers Recalling Loan Men

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Byline: Mark Douglas

ROY Keane is again considering recalling the Sunderland players he has allowed to go out on loan as he attempts to arrest the alarming slump in fortune that has seen his team drop into the Premier League's bottom three.

As supporters look for Keane to deliver a rallying call when he speaks to the media at the end of another troubling week on Wearside, the manager is understood to be contemplating recalls for Anthony Stokes and even Michael Chopra to boost his shot-shy attack.

Despite concerns over the heavy squad rotation that Keane favours the under-pressure Black Cats boss is ready to overhaul the team that was heavily beaten against Bolton on Saturday - and that includes bringing back some of the players currently out on loan.

Keane is understood to be concerned at the progress of the Djibril Cisse and Kenwyne Jones partnership, and the recall of Stokes would add some variety to a forward line that has misfired badly in recent weeks.

News the manager is attempting to formulate a response to recent poor form is at least an indication that he is looking to the future - something that has not always been apparent in recent weeks.

Supporters concerned at Keane's confusing statements in the wake of the defeat against Bolton will be looking for an unequivocal statement of commitment when the manager speaks publicly for the first time since Saturday's troubling reverse.

Keane admitted to continually questioning his own credentials to be Sunderland manager after watching his team suffer another heavy defeat - a confession that was interpreted in some quarters as further evidence that his vision for the club is unravelling.

There is certainly concern in the corridors of powers at the Stadium of Light at the team's current plight, but chairman Niall Quinn has opted not to call an emergency meeting with the manager this week to address the issues that have caused such an alarming slump. If he wants it, Keane has until at least Christmas to sort out Sunderland's form but his position is undeniably under scrutiny and his continued employment will depend on results against West Brom, Hull and Blackburn. …

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