ROY Keane resigned as manager of Sunderland yesterday to spend more time with the 26 voices that echo around the inside of his head.
Keane quit his post after advice from Sir Gerald Basketball, an invisible scientist who Keane has been having conversations with for over a year.
He said last night: "It was a difficult decision so I consulted everyone – Sir Gerald, Billy the Mouse, Arthur the African Astronaut, Edwin and Trevor the 20ft twins, and, of course, the floating ghost of Ernie Wise.
"Sir Gerald kept saying 'It's your duty Master Roy' while Billy the Mouse said I should hang on in case all the other teams exploded.
"Ernie was great. He was the one who told me to grow a beard so I would look like President Ahmadinejad of Iran."
Keane said this season's poor performances were not entirely his fault as for the last six weeks the team has been picked by a bottle-nose dolphin that pops up in his bath every Friday night.
He added: "You know it's time to go when you're taking selection advice from a dolphin with absolutely no Premier League experience."
The former Manchester United captain said he would now be taking some time out from football to concentrate on a demanding programme of electro-shock therapy.