Former Scotland and Coventry manager Gordon Strachan’s dreams came through in 1999 when he signed striker Robbie Keane for the Sky Blues as a teenager.
Keane had burst on the scene in English football with Wolves as an 18-year-old and had been attracting attention from the likes of Manchester United thanks to his impressive displays.
It was, however, Coventry City and Gordon Strachan who won the race for the former Irish international’s signature eventually nabbing Keane for £6 million, a record fee at the time for a teenager in British football.
The circumstances surrounding Keane’s signing were quite bizarre however, with Strachan outlining that he was suffering from illness at the time and didn’t even believe the news of his arrival was real.
“I wasn’t well, I was in my bed, I really wasn’t well,” Strachan told Pundit Arena.
“I had something seriously wrong with me at the time! I think it was sepsis or something like that.
“I was taking all sorts of stuff and I woke up and said to my wife ‘Jesus I’ve just had a dream I thought we (Coventry) signed Robbie Keane’ and she said ‘that’s going to happen you’re going to sign him’ and I said ‘well when?’ and she was like ‘tomorrow’ and I said ‘oh aye that’s smashing.’
“The chairman had been over, it must’ve happened just before I got into this kind of thing and I can remember him saying ‘I think we can sign Robbie Keane’ and I went ‘nah’ because Man United and teams like that were in for him at the time and then we signed him.
Keane only went on to spend one season at Highfield Road but showed his quality scoring 12 goals in 34 appearances before making a big move to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Strachan felt that Ireland’s record goalscorer was a “wonderful player” and joked that he couldn’t believe Keane opted to play with Ronaldo at the San Siro instead of staying with his Coventry City side.
“I’ve been close to Robbie since then. He was a wonderful, wonderful player. It was a good dream, especially when your dreams come through!
“Unfortunately Robbie only stayed with us for 11 months. He wanted to go to Inter Milan and play with Ronaldo, I couldn’t believe it.”
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