Keane details Sunderland shortcomings

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Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has claimed the arrival of American financier Ellis Short as the club's majority shareholder was a crucial factor in his decision to resign.

Keane quit in December after 27 months in charge at the Stadium of Light, insisting he had taken the Barclays Premier League strugglers - with whom he gained promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship in 2007 - as far as he could.

Keane told the Irish Times: "I went down to London to meet him (Short) twice. I thought, hmm, the dynamics are changing here. I felt he was thinking from the start that I wasn't for him. He sort of knew this wasn't going to be a long-term relationship."

Keane admitted he found Short's hands-on approach intolerable.

"I couldn't give my heart and soul with this fellow on my shoulder," he added.

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