Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Big Sam tops Black Cats betting

“Oh no not Big Sam,” will be heard throughout Wearside tonight as the news filters through about Roy Keane’s exit at Sunderland.

Within an hour of the news of Keane’s departure at the Stadium of Light Sam Allardyce had been installed by the football odds compilers as the favourite to take over the reins.

His potential appointment certainly won’t be met with the enthusiasm of Keane’s back in 2006 and his ill-fated spell up the road at Newcastle is hardly good viewing on his CV.

Allardyce joined Newcastle with a glowing reputation from his terrific spell in charge at Bolton but his spell in charge at St James’ Park ended after just eight months after the Geordies voiced their displeasure at poor results and his uncompromising style of play.

The usual suspects are also quoted on the list with Alan Curbishley, David O’Leary, Alan Pardew and Terry Venables all mentioned, but none of those candidates get the pulse racing.

Chairman Niall Quinn could have well done without looking for a gift-wrapped manager for Christmas. But he needs a replacement and fast and there are very few candidates out there with the credentials to be successful in the top flight.

Keane threatened leaving after the weekend’s humilation by Bolton – suggesting he would walk away if he thought it was in the best interests of the club. And after his ghost writer Eamonn Dunphy said this week that Keane ‘had lost the plot’ – the writing was on the wall for the Irishman.

He was criticised by the fans earlier this season after Sunderland’s Carling Cup draw with Northampton and although there weren’t mass calls for his head at the weekend, the fans’ attentions had switched to verbally attacking some of the players and Keane simply seems to have had enough.

It’s a sad end to a two-and-a-half-year spell in which Keane guided Sunderland to promotion and a 15th-placed finish last term before deciding to call it quits.


Phil Tomlinson



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RUN AWAY!! RUN AWAY!! Steve Coppell did miracles when Reading were in the Prem and was head and shoulders above anything Keane achieved at Sunderland in terms of results.Coppell never lost his bottle when Reading were demoted and is still at the club fighting to get back up again. There is the measure of the man. Keane was a cowardly thug as a player and is still a coward as a manager. What is wrong with Big Sam? It was the supporters who got him the sack at Toon. Seems that Sunderland and Newcastle supporters demand Brazilian style football every… Read more »

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