Photo: Former Sunderland boss Roy Keane watches club's dismal Aston Villa defeat

Roy Keane In Dugout

Sunderland were defeated 4-0 at home to Aston Villa.

Sunderland put in an abject display yesterday afternoon as they were put to the sword by relegation rivals Aston Villa. Tim Sherwood's led side ran rampant in the first-half at the Stadium of Light as a disinterested and disenfranchised Black Cats outfit simply lying down and taking defeat against Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor and co.

This most recent result has obviously seen plenty of pressure pile on under fire manager Gus Poyet.

The former Brighton boss looks like a dead man walking at Sunderland and today's game was viewed intreoidly by a former manager.

Roy Keane was in attendance, hop footing it over from watching another former team in Ipswich, who were beaten 4-1 down the road at Middlesbrough.

The Irishman, who was also Aston Villa's assistant earlier in the campaign, was Sunderland boss from 2006 until 2008.

He arrived with the club second from bottom in the Championship table, but led them on an incredible run to an eventual Championship title win.

Now, with rumours of Poyet's time at the club coming to an end, there have been suggestions on Twitter that Keane - who left the club in 2008 - might just be called in to do a 'Di Canio' and rescue them from their slump with a timely kick up the backside.

So the image of Keane watching on will undoubtedly feel like a Sword of Damocles to the Uruguayan, whose job security just took a pounding.

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