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Roy Keane Says Win That Helped Get Newcastle Relegated Was His Sunderland Highlight

7 years ago

More words of wisdom from Roy Keane have been circulated following the publication of his latest book yesterday.

While not being the biggest topic in the book, Newcastle United do get a number of honourable mentions,

The feeling is of course mutual between Keane and ourselves, the fact that we come in for abuse I take as a positive because if we hadn’t got under his skin in some way we’d just be ignored;

“I always had a bit of hassle against Newcastle. I’d been sent off twice up there. I’d had my battles with Shearer and Rob Lee.

“I always thought they were an arrogant bunch, for a club that had won f*** all.

“We always got decent results at St James’ Park – it wasn’t a bad place to play but as for the Toon Army, the Geordies and the hostile reception, I never fell for all that crap.”

While it isn’t factually true that Keane’s Manchester United ‘Always’ beat us, we did have our moments, it is a bit of a sorry tale when it comes to matches between the two clubs.

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However, Roy Keane then came to his highlight as Sunderland manager;

“It was the first time we’d (Sunderland) beaten Newcastle at home in thirty odd years. It was electric – the tension. Cisse scored, and Kieran (Richardson). The level of player we had now had gone up since I’d come to the club. We played really well. I think it was my happiest day at Sunderland.”

In the whole mess of that 2008/09 relegation season, it is often overlooked the pivotal part that defeat at Sunderland played in Newcastle’s relegation.

By that point Joe Kinnear was leading us to relegation and he somehow managed to oversee Newcastle United’s first defeat on mackem soil in 28 years against a terrible Sunderland team. The fact Roy Keane was the opposing manager just makes the whole thing so much worse.

Again, another thing we all forget about that horrendous year was how close Sunderland were as well to relegation.

They only finished two points ahead of Newcastle and if United had collected their usual derby win (NUFC had won on 3 of their last 4 visits to Wearside) then it would have been Sunderland and not Newcastle that would have been relegated.

As for Roy Keane, he obviously likes to gloss over just how useless he has been as a football manager, disastrous at Ipswich and at Sunderland he left only five weeks after that derby win over Newcastle. Showing just how bad Keane and his team were, they lost five of the next six games after that Newcastle one and Roy Keane left in early December.

If only Roy Keane had stayed at Sunderland then there would have been every chance that he’d have proved even more disastrous than Joe Kinnear as a manager – I can’t think of a better tribute to our friend Roy Keane.


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