Sunderland manager Roy Keane has voiced his support for the English Premier League’s proposal to play a round of 10 Premiership matches every season in international venues. Keane is one of the few who have backed the Premier League’s plans to give fans outside England to enjoy the thrill of the Premiership and says:
I definitely think this is the right way to go. I was aware of it yesterday lunchtime when (chairman) Niall Quinn and (chief executive) Peter Walker called me to put it to me and I think it’s great. Change is good sometimes and the Premier League has been brilliant. I saw (Premier League chief executive) Peter Scudamore speak last night and I thought he spoke brilliantly. They are going to look at a few proposals and do everything properly and again it’s three years away. I’ve got enough on my plate in getting the Wigan game (on Saturday) out of the way so I’m not going to worry about the plans too much, but in terms of the overall bigger picture, I’m pleased that we’re in with a shout. It’s progress and I think we should all be positive about it. We’ll cross that bridge over which teams may or may not take place when it comes. The nature of this club, no matter who we’re playing or where we’re playing, we will always have a good crowd with us and I think it would be a great experience for the Sunderland fans.
Keano then is gunning to take his Sunderland team to the Far East or the States. But will Sunderland be playing in the top flight when the proposed plan sees the light of the day in three years’ time? Maybe, Keane knows (or, rather thinks) that he will be with another and bigger Premiership club at the time.