ROY Keane has resigned as manager of Sunderland after 27 months in charge.
Keane, 37, took over in 2006 but chose to step down with the club lying 18th in the Premier League following five defeats in six matches.
First team coach Ricky Sbragia has been placed in temporary charge, assisted by coaches Neil Bailey and Dwight Yorke.
Royâ€™s decision sums up his desire to always do what is best for the club, despite the clubâ€™s efforts to keep him,â€ said chairman Niall Quinn.
â€œRoy deserves huge respect for his contribution and the manner in which he guided the club from the depths of the Championship back to the Premier League.
â€œHis winning mentality and singled mindedness were just what this club needed. Even in his departure he has been more concerned for the welfare of the players and his staff than himself.
â€œThe board has reluctantly accepted his decision and wish him and his family well for the future.â€
Quinn held talks with Keane over two days in an attempt to persuade him to stay.
â€œIâ€™m told Niall Quinn desperately tried to persuade Roy Keane to stay. He also revealed that Keane feels he has completed a journey, that he couldnâ€™t take the team any further and that he had simply reached the end of the road,â€ a BBC reporter said. â€”BBC Sports