Promoted Keane takes plaudits

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Sunderland defender Carlos Edwards hailed manager Roy Keane after The Black Cats' return to the Premiership was confirmed on Sunday.

Derby's defeat at Crystal Palace meant the champagne corks were popping at The Stadium of Light, as well as at Birmingham's St Andrews.

Keane has worked the oracle at Sunderland, who became the worst side in Premiership history last term and then started this term in similarly inauspicious form.

Edwards admits the former Manchester United midfielder is an inspiration.

"His profile said it all. The calibre of the man is second to none, the things that he's achieved," Edwards told Sky Sports News.

"The players want to emulate the things he's done in his career.

"Just him being in charge of the Sunderland club has given the guys that extra drive that they need to try to be the player he was.

"He won't accept second best at anything. I think the guys go out there with one intention, to do their best."

Keane, himself, paid tribute to the club's staff for realising his objective.

"It's great news for the club. I am delighted for the players, who have done a fantastic job," said Keane, who did not watch Derby's match, preferring instead to take his dog, Triggs, for a walk.

"I am also delighted for all the staff, who have played such a vital part, the fans, who have been tremendous in their support for the team and for Niall and the board, who have been a great support since I arrived at the club."