Sunderland boss Keane still surprised by Hughes management plunge

Sunderland boss Roy Keane admits he's still surprised to find former Manchester United teammate Mark Hughes in management at Blackburn Rovers.

Keane said: "The one thing I really enjoy is speaking to managers after games and Sparky is good in that respect.

"Sparky's been a manager a lot longer than me and I respect what he's got to say.

"We talk about players, tactics, referees - whatever. The good managers don't try to hide anything. They're happy to give their advice.

"I didn't think, as a player, he would go on to become a great manager but he's doing great.

"The obvious ones were Steve Bruce and Bryan Robson.

"Sparky wasn't top of the list when it came to would-be managers. He was very quiet until he was out on the social scene!"

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