London, England (Sports Network) – Former Ireland international and Manchester United captain Roy Keane is back in the game, but this time instead of trying to score goals, he will be in the front office as the boss of Sunderland.
“The fact that one of the most influential figures in world football is willing to come here should make all Sunderland fans very happy,” said Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn.
Keane inked a three-year deal with the Championship side, his first job as a manager. In his first move, he brought in Tony Loughlan from Leicester as his head coach, instead of Blackburn boss Brian Kidd, who was reportedly thought to get the sideline job with Sunderland.
The 35-year-old Keane announced his retirement back in June after suffering hip problems. Keane ended his career as a member of Celtic after coming over from Manchester United.
“Roy Keane’s standards of professionalism are legendary,” said Quinn.
In his brief six-month tenure in Glasgow, Keane helped Celtic to the league title last season. He has also been a part of seven Premiership titles with the Reds along with success in the UEFA Champions League.
Keane, a midfielder, was capped by Ireland 65 times.