Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane says he would have still been at the club if the club’s hierarchy had “left me alone”.
Keane also urged the club’s powers that be to “have a good look at themselves” as they attempt to find their seventh permanent boss since his departure.
The Irishman launched his managerial career on Wearside in 2006 and he had a two-year spell before quitting in December 2008 after his relationship with owner and chairman Ellis Short deteriorated.
Asked if he was surprised by head coach Dick Advocaat’s departure on Sunday, the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager, speaking to the media in Dublin on Tuesday, said: “No.”
Asked why not, he replied: “It’s Sunderland, isn’t it? It’s a brilliant club, but I don’t know, I really can’t comment on why different managers have left or have been sacked.
“But people in the background probably need to have a good look at themselves.”
Asked further if he was referring to people who were at the club during his spell on Wearside, he said: “Yes”, before adding with a smile: “If they’d left me alone, I’d probably still be there now and I wouldn’t be having to chat to you.”
Keane’s comments came as Short continued to assess the potential field for a key appointment which could ultimately come down to hard cash.