Keane warns slack Cats

Black Cats chief unhappy with quartet's efforts

Sunderland boss Roy Keane has revealed he dropped four stars for Saturday's clash with Chelsea as he was not happy with their efforts in training.

Kieran Richardson, Danny Higginbotham, Daryl Murphy and Michael Chopra, were all surprisingly left out of the squad for the 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light.

Keane rejected suggestions he dropped the quartet for disciplinary reasons, hinting it was their lack of application to training which saw them left out.


"I pick my team on what I see and not what I hear from people or agents or fathers or girlfriends.

"I judge my players on what I see on the training pitch. And that's an intensity to do well, to improve, to become better.

"The other four or five will be back training with them tomorrow and then, maybe, they'll be involved next week and others will slack off."