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Keane: Survival not enough
05 May 2008 - 10:17:40
Sunderland boss Roy Keane slammed his players and promised to make changes after his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers.
Keane has been praised in many quarters for keeping his club in the Premier League, but the Irishman is having none of it.
He told the club's official website: "I don't care what stage of the season it is, it's not acceptable. We gave bad goals away and I've been saying it for 38 weeks, we need to improve.
"We've lost 22 games this season and people keep telling me we've had a good season. When you lose 22 games, you are lucky to be in a job.
"We need to learn to get results when we're not playing well. You've got to be able to get a result when you're not playing well.
"Survival is not a word I like using and there will be changes in the summer.
"I've been very patient and kind to some of my players. Today just confirms what I've been thinking. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe if we had won today and we beat Arsenal next week, I'd be thinking we were not bad.
"We're not great and we need more quality. There's no questioning the players' commitment and desire, but at this level we need quality.
"Survival is not a word we want to be using next year. I want to think bigger than that. I just don't think survival is a time to celebrate."