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KEANE teams up with roddy doyle for last word in fergie feud

ROY Keane is about to bite back. The former Manchester United ace is about to pen what is sure to be an explosive autobiography on his falling out with the former Manchester United boss.

The book, to be called The Second Half, will be ghost written by The Commitments author, Roddy Doyle.

The book was confirmed as it emerged a film will be made about Roy Keane's early years growing up in Mayfield in Cork.

The film, directed by Dave Tynan, will focus on how the young Rockmount and Cobh Ramblers player emerged as one of the dominant footballers of his generation.


Keane (42) committed to writing his second autobiography just three months after Sir Alex Ferguson wrote about the dramatic falling out between the two men who had helped dominate English football in the 1990s.

He dismissed Ferguson's claims as "insulting nonsense" and confirmed that he no longer has a relationship with the manager who once described the midfielder as his embodiment on the pitch.

Roy Keane's mother, Marie, admitted last year she was "shocked" by the manner in which Ferguson had depicted her son after his glittering 12 years at Old Trafford.

The new book will be published in the autumn and is described as a blend of "memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's own original voice". Doyle, who won the 1993 Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, said he was thrilled at the prospect of working with the Ireland, Man Utd and Celtic legend.

"Ten years ago I was buying something in a shop in New York and I handed my credit card to the young African man behind the counter.

"He read Bank of Ireland on the card, looked at me and said: 'Ireland – Roy Keane.'

"I am delighted to be writing this book with Roy," Doyle said.

Ireland's new assistant manager also said he was looking forward to the experience of writing an updated autobiography.

"I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book and look forward to the experience," Keane said.