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Roy Keane's book will have to be passed by boss Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Roy Keane's book will have to be passed by boss Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Roy Keane's book will have to be passed by boss Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

IRELAND soccer boss Martin O'Neill has suggested he has power of veto over the contents of Roy Keane's hotly anticipated autobiography.

The former Manchester United player waited until after he was appointed Republic of Ireland assistant manager before telling he Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Martin O'Neill he was planning to publish his life story this year.

However O'Neill said: "I really haven't a problem as long as it's not going to interfere on events here, like our job.

"Let me put it this way, I think when the book comes out, I think we can vet it for a start."

He added: "I think there might be a fairly decent degree of control about it."

The manager was asked whether Keane had told him about the book before being offered the job as assistant manager.

He said: "No, after the job came up. If I had vehemently disagreed with it, I don't think Roy would have gone with it."

The book deal with Orion Publishing was announced last month, but it is understood that negotiations were going on before Keane's appointment last November.

Writer Roddy Doyle has signed a deal to work with Keane on his book, titled The Second Half, which is expected to be a massive bestseller.

The book is due for release this autumn and will blend "memoir and motivational writing".

O' Neill added that by the time the book comes out, "we would have had a few experiences at international level".

Meanwhile, speaking last month, Alan Samson, publisher non-fiction at the Orion Publishing Group said: "The combination of an outstanding player – and leader – like Roy with a writer of Roddy's extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year."

Retiring

Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich before taking up the assistant manager's job with Ireland.

An earlier memoir Keane: The Autobiography, co-written with Eamon Dunphy, was released by Michael Joseph in 2002.

Meanwhile, Doyle's works include The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, A Star Called Henry and The Guts.

FDILLON@HERALD.IE


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