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Keane: The Autobiography

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However, you do have to enjoy the game of soccer considering the book is about a former soccer player and the events of his life as a soccer player.

For all the sweat and glory that preceded it, their lasting focus is, sadly, on the monosyllabic exchanges in an office, each lasting “less than five minutes”, that marked the final act. He exemplified a very important aspect of Man United’s greatness, which was a hatred of complacency, a refusal to be satisfied that more often than not spoiled any sense of accomplishment.Keane claims that Ferguson and David Gill had prepared a written statement to confirm his departure and further angered him by getting the length of his service at Old Trafford wrong. A very good read - we're given alot of information about the young life of Roy Keane that established him as the footballing superstar he became. The choice of Doyle marks an acceleration in the ghostwriting arms race (next week: Sam Allardyce and George R R Martin) and ensures Keane's humanity – rather than the belligerence captured by Eamon Dunphy in Keane's 2002 book – is to the fore.

Dunphy's book may have become infamous for how a bad word was used – "Take that, you c***" he baits Alf-Inge Haaland – but it rarely uses expletives to capture what might be imagined as Keane's voice. Since retirement, Roy has continued his heavy involvement in the sport, managing Sunderland for three years and Ipswich Town for two.The sections on Keane’s upbringing in Cork and his time at Forest, especially with Clough, still read beautifully, as do his reflections on the Class Of ’92, Eric Cantona, Gary Pallister and the Man U v Liverpool Cup Final in 1996. He could play the holding role and be defensive, but then he could suddenly burst forward and score goals.

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