Through the keyhole: Roy's pad shows touch of class
Published 23/01/2011 | 05:00
Welcome to the beast's lair. Although, on second thoughts, footballing legend Roy Keane seems to be a rather gentlemanly chap with an eye for fine furnishings.
The first full look inside the home of the notoriously private Cork-born footballer and manager is sure to raise eyebrows amongst his die-hard fans.
For it seems the man famous for his hot temper, red cards, world cup walk outs and F-word touchline rants enjoys nothing more than a quiet game of snooker or flopping out on a luxurious Elizabethan sofa.
Even the infamous prawn -sandwich brigade will be choking on their half-time snack when they see the pictures that would suggest that -- far from his rough Irish persona -- Keano has a secret love for the finer things in life and enjoys nothing more than living it up.
The hero, who famously slammed his beloved Man United fans for flaunting their money in private boxes rather than cheering them passionately on from the stands, has something of an expensive taste himself.
The pictures were published online after the Cork man has put the English country mansion up for sale.
The luxury 9,500 sq foot seven-bed house in Hale, Cheshire, which the Keanes bought for £3.2m in 2005, is being sold by Gascoigne Halman.
Roy (39) and his wife Theresa had just bought a house nearby when this property came on the market.
They are said to have preferred the privacy and location of this house and spent three years working on it.
It is thought the property, which is set on 1.2 acres and has a swimming pool, pool house, games room and tennis court could fetch £9.5m.
On putting the house up for sale, Keane explained: "As usual, it goes against all logic but, as a manager, life's too short and you shouldn't be tied to a house."
Speaking about the opportunity, Phillip Diggle, Gascoigne Halman's Hale branch manager, said: "This property was a labour of love. They spent an awful lot of money and time on it.
"It took them two to three years from start to finish. Their input was key to what was being produced.
"They will be sad to leave but logistically it is just surplus to requirement, they do not have to sell it but they do not utilise it enough."
The Keane family moved to Suffolk last year.