Keane looks to offload great Dane
Price tag of €11m for mansion
AS Roy Keane might say himself: "All credit to selling mansions at a huge profit, at the end of the day."
The tough-talking football legend has revealed another strength -- that of a man adept at playing the property game.
Keane has put his family home near Manchester on the market for more than €11m, just five years after paying approximately €3.8m for the property.
Keane and his wife Theresa had been building a house in Cheshire when they decided to buy Chantry Dane -- also in Cheshire -- in 2005.
"Because of its location and privacy -- it's like being in the countryside -- we decided to buy it even though we were right in the middle of building another one," he said yesterday
"It was a bit crazy, and we ended up building two at the same time. I blame my wife for that."
He sold the first property in Cheshire to a Manchester United teammate and set about renovating 'Chantry Dane', a job which is estimated to have cost €1.8m.
It has 9,500 sq ft of living space as well as an outdoor heated pool and a tennis court.
The master bedroom, with a balcony overlooking the pool, has a four-poster bed and a bathroom with a marble shower and generous dressing rooms.
"I'm not one for flashy cars, expensive jewellery or socialising much, but if you can afford it, there's nothing wrong with having a nice home for the kids to come back to," he said.
"We started out doing a little bit of work, then a bit more, and the place ended up as a shell. It became a huge challenge, like something you see on 'Grand Designs'.
"She (Theresa) has a certain taste and she wanted to wait for particular builders, certain craftsmen.
"People have a view on footballers' houses, that they are over the top, but the people advising us said that to do it properly, a house that size needed to include certain things.
"Having five kids, the tennis court was good -- we are private people and I wouldn't be one for joining a tennis club."
Keane is now manager of Ipswich, and he and his family have moved to Suffolk, where the pace of life is "slower".
Ironically, Keane's job in Ipswich is on the line following a dismal run of defeats in the league that has left the club's hopes of promotion to the Premiership in tatters.