Roy Keane’s new autobiography “The Second Half” is full of expletive-laced stories on his colorful and combative career, including his falling out with Man United coach Sir Alex Ferguson and the infamous scrap with Peter Schmeichel.
But there’s some humor in there as well. Case in point: the real reason why Keane, as Sunderland manager, quickly aborted his pursuit of former midfielder Robbie Savage, then with Blackburn Rovers.
From the Guardian:
“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 f***ing signing that.’”
Savage took the story with humor on Twitter:
Oh come on Roy whattttsuppppppppp !!!! Hahahaha— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8)October 7, 2014
Whether or not Roy did try and sign me I chose derby over Sunderland as they offered me more and I didn’t want to move house !!— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8)October 7, 2014
But it’s great to know Roy keane obviously liked me as a player as he was one of best midfielders ever !! #whatssuppppppp— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8)October 7, 2014
We’re not sure we would have signed Savage, either…