Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane is the talk of Tyneside this morning, after it was reported that the Irishman could be in line to succeed his countryman, Joe Kinnear, at Newcastle United.
Keane quit the Stadium of Light on Thursday after 27 months in charge. A hero until as recently as 5 weeks ago when the Black Cats beat their Toon neighbours, a sudden dip in form convinced Keane that he should step down, and several meetings with chairman, Niall Quinn, failed to dissuade him from resigning.
The news that Keane might resurface at St James Park so soon, however, will be something of a surprise to both sets of fans, although his autobiography does contain several indicators that he would have enjoyed playing there, had he not been so successful at Manchester United.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is staying tight-lipped about the possibility, and apparently hasn't spoken to Joe Kinnear about it. Kinnear said this morning:
"I don't know anything about it. Just a bit more media mischief, is it?"