Roy Keane as Sunderland manager slammed by talkSPORT pundit after Wearside return links emerge

Gabby Agbonlahor has stated that Roy Keane could make Sunderland “worse” if appointed.

The Black Cats’ former boss continues to be linked with a return to Wearside with reports suggesting an interview between the two parties is set to take place and that the club are keen on his return.

Keane, 50, led Sunderland to promotion from the Championship in 2007 and is a popular figure on Wearside.

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Gabby Agbonlahor, however, wasn’t impressed when he worked under Keane and Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and warned Sunderland about appointing him.

Roy Keane

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “The gaffer, Paul Lambert, says ‘this isn’t good enough’, ‘the standard’s not good enough’. So me as captain, I come forward and back the players up, and say, ‘well gaffer, we’re only getting one shot in 10 or 11 minutes, so we need to do something different’.

“Roy Keane comes forward and says, ‘oh, are you cold? Do you want another warm up?’ And I sort of said, ‘I’m not talking to you, Roy, I’m talking to the manager’. And he gave me that evil stare, and then the next day, he left.”

“If I’m the Sunderland owner now, I’m thinking twice because he [Keane] might go in there and make them even worse.”

Indeed, Keane is now the favourite with the bookies to be appointed by Sunderland owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus.

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