This had earlier appeared at the Independent website:
Roy Keane and Sunderland have parted company this morning, according to reports on Wearside. The Sunderland players are understood to have been informed of Keane’s departure at a morning meeting.
Roy Keane did a great job leading us from bottom of the Championship to promotion as champions, and then keeping us up last season. The image shows you how, in an article for the Irish Mail on Sunday, I reported his massive achievement in that first season.
Question marks have rightly been raised this season. Some good players were signed but have not, in many cases, delivered; others of frankly Championship standard have also been signed, or have continued to figure despite showing limited Premier quality.
Team selections have sometimes been mystifying; Keano has self-evidently not been able to instill in his players anything like the steely qualities he showed in his own playing career.
Salut! Sunderland hoped he would stay and mould his squad into a decent team. We wish him well – and pray the board now chooses wisely.
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