Keane raises prospect of new clash with Quinn by suing Sunderland
Roy Keane and Niall Quinn may be set for another collision as the former Sunderland manager is suing the Black Cats.
The former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland skipper is seeking payment of £200,000 that he claims is owed to him on foot of a confidentiality agreeement he agreed with Sunderland owner Ellis Short when he parted company withthe club.
Though Quinn has also since departed Sunderland, speculation is mounting that he could be called to give evidence when the case is heard by the Premier League managers' arbitration tribunal.
In a Sunday newspaper report Keane's lawyer, Michael Kennedy, confirmed that a case was pending involving his client.
A statement issued by Sunderland said: "Club officials are quite bemused that proceedings have been issued at the managers' arbitration tribunal and will vigorously defend Sunderland AFC's position in this matter."
Keane left Sunderland in December 2008 and it is widely accepted that towards the end of his time there his relationship had deteriorated significantly with Short. The Texan billionaire is said to have disliked the fact that Keane didn't reside in the north-east while in charge of the club.
Keane had initially operated under the Drumaville consortium of Irish businessmen.
It is thought that, on the basis of a confidentiality clause, the club agreed to pay Keane a sum of money when he deaprted.
It is believed that Sunderland haven't paid this money, allegedly citing a newspaper interview given by Keane two months after he left the job.
Keane steered Sunderland into the Premier League following a thrilling and successful Championship promotion bid during the 2006/07 campaign.
At the start of the adventure, Quinn urged Sunderland fans to "support and enjoy one of football's true greats", and for a brief while it all seemed rosy.
When Sunderland embarked on an Irish tour in the summer of 2007 it was clear that the Black Cats had a growing number of admirers in this country.
Keane guided Sunderland to Premier League safety, but in the second season back in the top flight, when Short was at the helm, things quickly changed.
In the 11 years since Saipan, Keane and Quinn had appeared to settle some differences, but the events over the upcoming weeks and months could well open old wounds.