From The Vault: Roy Keane's classy gesture to tea lady that Sunderland fans will love

Former Sunderland striker Chris Brown once shared a touching story about former Black Cats manager Roy Keane.

The ex-Nottingham Forest, Manchester United and Celtic hardman managed Sunderland between 2006 and 2008, leading the club to the Premier League.

And Keane’s no-nonsense attitude certainly proved a hit with supporters during his time on Wearside.

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But former striker Brown – who played for the club between 2003 and 2007 – painted a different picture of the Irishman.

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“I went back to Sunderland, probably two years ago,” Brown said on the Under The Cosh Podcast. “And I was speaking to the woman, there’s always a woman in the players’ lounge that does the drinks, does the food and all that.

"And I just said, ‘who has been your favourite manager?’ She said, ‘without a shadow of a doubt Roy Keane.’”

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“Every home game, he used to come up, everyone had gone, and he used to come up and ask how she was and he’d give her a bit of pocket money to go away with.

"He didn’t have to do that, did he? Not many managers would go out of their way and just go and have a bit of chat with the tea lady in the players’ lounge and every week he would give her some money.”

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Keane has been the assistant manager at Aston Villa, the Republic of Ireland and Nottingham Forest since being sacked as Ipswich Town boss in 2011 – but is now most well-known now for his punditry with Sky Sports and ITV.

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