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No. 1 bestselling memoir of Roy Keane, former captain of Manchester United and Ireland – co-written with Man Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle. Now updated.

In a stunning collaboration with Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, Roy Keane gives a brutally honest account of his last days as a player, the highs and lows of his managerial career, and his life as an outspoken ITV pundit.

'Roy Keane's book is a masterpiece . . . It may well be the finest, most incisive deconstruction of football management that the game has ever produced' Mail on Sunday

'A genuine pleasure . . . His thoughts on his players are humane, interesting, candid and never less than believable' The Times

'The best things are the small things: regretting joining Ipswich when he discovered the training kit was blue; refusing to sign Robbie Savage because his answerphone message was rubbish; being appalled that his side had listened to an Abba song before playing football' Evening Standard

'The book is brilliantly constructed, rattling along at breakneck speed . . . full of self-deprecation . . . a ruthless self-examination' Daily Telegraph

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8983 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Perhaps it’s just Roddy Doyle’s ability as a wonderful story teller

One person found this helpful.
 on 27 July 2016
By unkledysfunktional
A disarmingly honest, forthright and sometimes brutal self-examination by a man who is just as hard on himself as he was on some of his opponents. I don’t suppose I ever expected anything else, but there’s no glossing over the subjects that might be hard to speak about. Perhaps it’s just Roddy Doyle’s ability as a wonderful story teller, but I really feel like I know more about Keane the human being having read this book. He reveals the driven character that never dwelt too much on success and somehow found it hard to enjoy, but certainly doesn’t spare himself discussing his mistakes and how he learnt about management – and perhaps life – the hard way. Thanks for your honesty, Keano.

Serious and thoughtful

 on 11 May 2015
By Cheshire Tiger
Having lived in Ireland, I’m very aware of how talented the Irish are in matters as diverse as sport and literature. So the Doyle/Keane partnership was bound to be a dream ticket. Certainly the book is well written and holds your attention. You don’t get any of the pally, cloying style of the sports journalist. And the insights are useful too: the “must win” ethic of Manchester United and the bald statement that “footballers are intelligent”, which flies in the face of inaccurate perceptions outside the game. Another interesting snippet is that in the Premier League the teams in the bottom half are “like a league inside the league”.

One of the very best football books, the chapters about being a manager are incredibly honest and thrilling.

 on 10 January 2017
By United Road
Quite simply one of the best football books I’ve ever read. Keane’s second autobiography neatly picks up where his first book left off, starting with the FA charge he received as a result of the infamous passage about his tussle with Alf-Inge Haaland. He then moves on to his career after the 2002 World Cup. These chapters were enjoyable and interesting to read, particularly for a Manchester United fan such as myself. The general narrative of that era -the transition period of Ferguson’s United- is well known. Departure of Beckham, poor signings, Ferdinand’s drug ban, Ferguson’s involvement in a racehorse dispute that indirectly led to the Glazer takeover, the ‘battle of Old Trafford’, the emerging new young side with Rooney and Ronaldo at its forefront, and finally, Keane exiting United. Not surprisingly, he attacks Ferguson a lot. He talks openly about how much pain he was in in the latter part of his career, how much it meant to him to play for Ireland again and Celtic fans in particular will be interested in his admission that was wasn’t fully fit or motivated during his time there, and the lack of professionalism of the club in general.

An enjoyable insight

 on 1 December 2014
By Chris Guest
With the media surrounding much of Keane ‘s career it was nice to read an account that does much to challenge the myth that many wanted to portray about this exceptional player. Honest and frank about his sporting highs and lows, the book is at times brief ‘he took his rollicking well, there is also very little about his family life which does much to support the belief that Keane remains a private person; some comments feel off limits.

Absolutely fantastic book; fast paced

 on 11 November 2014
By Jake
Absolutely fantastic book; fast paced, revealing an inside glimpse into the mind of man consumed with one objective: winning. Ever wondered what coaching badges are; how involving a manager’s job is or the concerns of a player moving from the closeted, cushioned world of a professional athlete to the slippery pole of big team boss? Roddy Doyle has captured the tone and personality of Keane perfectly and anyone with even a passing interest in football will be rewarded with this read – go buy it!!

This is the real Roy Keane…

 on 20 October 2015
By John Buey
Not a bad read at all, an honest book as one can see the real Roy Keane in his writing.There are areas where he tends to go on the same subject too long in my opinion. It is easy to tell by his writing that he most certainly is moody, which showed when he played as well. I particularly liked the Saipon story (all about the start of the Irish World Cup build up). I am now reading the Nial Quinn story where he also tells us about Saipon. I really think that Keano misread his fellow team mates on this. I do see his argument tho, but cannot agree with what he dld. Read this and Nial Quin’s book and you will know exactly what I mean…

Not the same postionover and over

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 on 24 October 2014
By Sean M
Didn’t know what to expect form this. First sports related book I’ve read. Nicely surprised, quite funny. That’s probably the amazing Roddy Doyle coming through though. As much as this reveals I do know if it really gives you an insight into who Roy Keane is. This is more of a clarification and insight into media reports of certain events.

The second half

 on 5 December 2014
By Carl
I’ve heard most of the stories so thought it would be interesting to hear Keane’s version of events.

excellent read

 on 20 January 2015
By Mick Nolan
I was attracted to this book for two reasons. One the player and two the author. Neither disappointed. It was a cant put it down read . I think the pairing of writer and player was a very good fit. Roy Keane speaks his mind and Roddy Doyle puts it down just as it is in his inevitable style! I look forward to future updates in a few years time where hopefully Roy will continue on his managerial role and perhaps reveal a few more coaching secrets .

Keane in brilliant sequel shocker

 on 29 September 2015
By uncle wald
Far better than the controversial first instalment which I enjoyed immensely, the addition of Roddy Doyle means plenty of laugh put loud moments.
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