Roy Keane resigns as Sunderland manager

Roy Keane has resigned as Sunderland manager after 27 months in charge at Wearside. The former Manchester United midfielder stepped down as Black Cats' manager after six defeats in seven games.

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn spoke to the press about Keane's resignation: "I tried for two years to keep as much pressure off him as possible, but obviously the Premier League is the Premier League and I guess it came to the point where Roy thought he had reached the end of that journey."

Keane joined Sunderland in 2006 and guided them back into the Premier League in his first season in charge and then secured a 15th place finish in the top flight last year. The former Ireland captain spent between £70m-£90m on players many of whom have failed to make the grade.

Last weekend's 4-1 home defeat to Bolton appears to have been a bad result too far for Keane with growing criticism from Sunderland's huge fan base. Speculation has already started as to who will take over the hotseat on Wearside.

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