Thursday, December 4, 2008

Keane Is Leaving



Nope, sorry Liverpool fans, as the above picture suggests, it is not Robbie Keane that has picked up his ineffective arse and skipped town. He's still at Anfield, enjoying Siesta with his injury-prone strike partner. Instead, it is the king prawn himself, Roy Keane, who stepped down as manager of Sunderland. He resigned today after 2+ seasons with the Black Cats. A perfunctory review of his tenure after the jump.


Plenty of time for these now...

May, 2006-- Sunderland are relegated from the Premier League after finishing with 15 points on 3 wins, a record for futilily at the time, and only surpassed by the '07-'08 Derby County squad (1 win, 8 draws.)

May, 2006-- Midfielder Roy Keane retires from professional football after spending final season at Celtic.

August, 2006-- Sunderland name Keane manager, replacing Chairman Niall Quinn, who had acted as caretaker after firing Mick McCarthy in March.

August, 2006 - May, 2007-- Keane's Sunderland earn promotion back into the Prem with their second League Championship title (88 points on 27 wins.)

August, 2007-- Keane signs keeper Craig Gordon for 9-million pounds, making him club's most expensive player ever. Sunderland open the season with a 1-0 win at home against Tottenham, who couldn't defend set pieces then, and still two managers later, have done nothing to improve in this respect.

May, 2008-- Sunderland finish season in 15th place on 39 points, 3 clear of the relegation zone.

Summer, 2008-- Keane spends big to upgrade club, bringing in three from Spurs (Chimbonda, Malbranque, Tainio), Anton Ferdinand, Djibril Cisse, and a bunch of other crappy to average players.

December 4, 2008-- The Sunderland board "reluctantly" accepts Keane's resignation after the club wins only 4 of first Premier League 15 games. They sit in 18th place, with Keane's old buddies at Man U. on tap this Saturday. The Irishmen skips town before the inevitable mollywhopping.

Roy Keane managed 100 games at Sunderland.

11 comments:

Mike Georger said...

this picture is my favorite. just terrifying.

Keith said...

15 minutes into the Little Cup game bet. Pompey and Wolfsburg, there have been three shots and all have gone in- 2-1 Brits.

Keith said...

And Villa are down 2-nil to freaking Zilina.

Precious Roy said...

Well, no longer perfect but it's 4 goals on 6 shots now.

Keith said...

Nathan Delfuoneso with his first senior goal for the Villans. Take a bow, son.

sven said...

Why did Keane leave? Because Sunderland insisted on using modern technology as the continued development of technology will worsen the situation. It will certainly subject human beings to greater indignities and inflict greater damage on the natural world, it will probably lead to greater social disruption and psychological suffering, and it may lead to increased physical suffering even in "advanced" countries.

Or something like that.

Keith said...

No, he left because he was unable to solve the problem of value and determine the true hierarchy of values.

And because managing football is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

Keith said...

10 minutes with a man up, and Villa couldn't draw. Oh well. Delfouneso scored, and we're through to the knockouts.

jjf3 said...

The only good news here is that Ince is next. Good riddance...jebus, if you don't even have a clue what your "best 11" is, much less your "best back 4", I think you're in over your head....

How can you take a team known for its defensive intensity over the last 3 years, and turn it into a goal-gifting-machine, with predominantly the same defenders? Really? Losing your best defensive midfielder to injury (and trading Friedel for Robbo), is only so much of an excuse when you give up goals like Derby...

Thank G-d I only care about fucking Blackburn...

jjf3 said...

Oh, and I look forward to spending Saturdays next year commiserating with you in the Colaship, BD...then again, maybe any "new" manager with a fricking clue could play a "top 11" for every fricking EPL game from here out just to avoid the drop...

I cannot fucking believe Rory Delap's throws are more valuable than pretty much the entire roster on Rovers right now...

The Likely Lad said...

BD looks forward to Colaship afternoons with you too, jjf3... actually he's begging his version of christ for a place in the second division right now.