Roy Keane is set to release his second autobiography on Thursday and the former Manchester United captain has certainly not held back. Here are five of the more memorable quotes released from the already controversial book.
5.The MUTV Interview
The Corkman explains that the MUTV interview, which was due to be aired after the 4-1 defeat to Middlesbrough in 2005 was blown out of proportion.
“Even now people still say: ‘The video had to be destroyed.’ Like it was a nuclear weapon or something.
“Did someone drive out to the countryside and bury it in the f—— ground? Or did a bomb disposal unit come and explode it? It had to be destroyed.”
“I wasn’t worried about the dressing room. They knew my form. It was getting a bit silly so I got the players together in the dressing room and told them it was f—— nonsense. Not one of them had an issue. Not one..”
4. Welcome To The SPL
Keane reveals details of his first game in the SPL and is shocked by John Hartson’s lack of professionalism.
“My first game [for Celtic] was Clyde, away, in the third round of the Scottish Cup. We were beaten 2-1. It was a nightmare. I wasn’t happy with my own game. I did OK, but OK wasn’t good enough.
After the game – the disappointment. As I was taking my jersey off, I noticed the Nike tag was still on it. When I got on the bus John Hartson, a really good guy, was already sitting there and he was eating a packet of crisps – with a fizzy drink. I said to myself: Welcome to Hell.”
3.How John O’Shea Sealed Ronaldo’s Move To Manchester United
The former Irish captain explains how the dreadful performance of O’Shea sealed Ronaldo’s move to Manchester United.
“He was up against John O’Shea. Sheasy ended up seeing the doctor at half time because he was actually having dizzy spells.
“The club concluded negotiations after the game and we always joked with Sheasy he had actually sealed the deal by playing like a f**king clown.
“In fairness to him, he was jet-lagged [from America] like the rest of us.”
2. The Peter Schmeichel Brawl.
Keane reveals details of an explosive fight with the Danish goalkeeper.
“I had a bust-up with Peter when we were on a pre-season tour of Asia, in 1998, just after I came back from my cruciate injury. I think we were in Hong Kong. There was drink involved.
“There’d been a little bit of tension between us over the years, for football reasons. Peter would come out shouting at players, and I felt sometimes he was playing up to the crowd: ‘Look at me!
“He was probably doing it for concentration levels, but I felt he did it too often, as if he was telling the crowd: ‘Look what I have to deal with’.
He said: ‘I’ve had enough of you, It’s time we sorted this out.’ So I said ‘Okay’ and we had a fight. It felt like 10 minutes. There was a lot of noise – Peter’s a big lad.
Peter had grabbed me, I’d head-butted him – we’d been fighting for ages.”
Keane then reveals that the ruckus had woken up Boy Charlton.
“He told us that we were a disgrace to the club, and that we’d woken Bobby Charlton up, that Bobby had come out of his room and seen us. Peter took responsibility for the fight, which was good. I admired him for it. But Sir Bobby could have tried to break it up.”
1.The Robbie Savage Voicemail.
The then Sunderland boss considered signing Robbie Savage only to be put of fby the Welsh midfielders ‘whazzup’ impression.
“I rang Mark Hughes. Robbie [Savage] wasn’t in the Blackburn team and I asked Mark if we could try to arrange a deal. Sparky said: ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s lost his way here but he could still do a job for you.’
Robbie’s legs were going a bit but I thought he might come up to us [at Sunderland], with his long hair, and give us a lift – the way Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] had, a big personality in the dressing room.
Sparky gave me permission to give him a call. So I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be fucking signing that.’”
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.