There is no question about Roy Keane's skills as a footballer.
The born-winner leader was the captain of Manchester United in the 1990s. He was a classical defensive midfielder who honored his shirt. His aggressive character brought him great success at Old Trafford.
But as many footballers of his generation, Keane turned his attention to management after hanging his playing boots.
Keane took charge at Sunderland. The club was in the relegation zone of the Championship at that time. He managed to promote the Black Cats to the Premiership after winning the Championship.
His achievements also earned him the Championship "Manager of the Year" award.
The following season, Keane's Sunderland were able to remain in the English Premier League, as they finished 15th in the table.
In his third season as Sunderland boss, the team had a bad run of results. Keane faced tough criticism after a series of bad results, as when the team lost to Chelsea by five goals.
In December 2008, Sunderland were 18th in the Premier League, having lost five of their six previous games, when Keane resigned after bringing doubt on his own future with comments after the 4-1 home defeat by Bolton.
Keane's resignation opened doors to a debate over his future in management. He was criticized by some for giving up after his team's slump, while some argued that Keane's ambition drove him out of the Stadium of Light.
What is Salaar Arshad Shamsi's take on this one?
To be honest, I feel most of the criticism that has met Roy Keane's resignation at Sunderland has been unwarranted. Keane was far from a quitter—he was a true fighter, and he struggled hard at the Stadium of Light to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.
In his defense, I feel Roy Keane realized that he was unable to spark a revolution with the Black Cats after a string of poor results and stepped out because he thought another man could produce better results.
Roy seems keen on returning to management. After spending £60m on players and resigning from his post when his team needed his presence, does Keane have a future in football management?
Or do you think Keane's ambition is what made him resign in the first place?
Does Keane have the ability or the potential to take Sir Alex Ferguson's place at Old Trafford?
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