Roy Keane’s autobiography The Second Half was released last week, and the outspoken and controversial former Manchester United midfielder and Sunderland manager, has put in a fair share of controversial stuff that should ensure the book sells very well – that’s the general idea isn’t it?
“I always had a bit of hassle against Newcastle. I’d been sent off twice up there. I’d had my battles with (Alan) Shearer and Rob Lee,”
“I always thought they were an arrogant bunch, for a club that had won f*** all. We always got decent results at St James’ Park; it wasn’t a bad place to play. But as for the Toon Army, the Geordies and the hostile reception – I never fell for all that crap.”
Of course there was the famous confrontation with Alan Shearer back in September of 2001, when we beat the Red Devils 4-3 with an 83rd minute winner from Alan Shearer, and Roy Keane was sent off for apparently striking the Newcastle legend.
Keane was a hot head when he played football, he was a hot head when managing clubs like Sunderland and Ipswich, and he is currently an outspoken pundit as well as being assistant manager to Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, and assistant manager to Martin O’Neill for Ireland.
Keane says that Sunderland’s 2-1 home win over Newcastle back in October 2008, our relegation season, was their first home win for 30 years, and was the happiest day of his time as Sunderland manager:
“It was the first time we’d beaten Newcastle at home in thirty-odd years. It was electric – the tension. Djibril Cisse scored, and Kieran Richardson.”
“The level of player we had now had gone up since I’d come to the club. We played really well. I think it was my happiest day at Sunderland.” “We were a goal down after four minutes – a Michael Owen header,”
“There were mind games going on before the match. The police got us there three hours before kick off – players got bored, testosterone levels are high; it’s too long to wait. Jonny Evans and Phil Bardsley were injured, so didn’t play. They were a big loss.”
We would expect the autobiography to be a big success, and he would then have to write another book and criticize even more people and clubs, and then he would have another best seller on his hands.
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