Sunday 22 April 2018

Keane unites with Chelsea fan Doyle to write memoir

Roy Keane. Photo: Roy Keane
Roy Keane. Photo: Roy Keane
Roddy Doyle
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

RODDY Doyle will turn his attention from his Dublin heartland to Mayfield in Cork as he collaborates with Roy Keane in a memoir of the footballer's life.

The surprise announcement of a forthcoming Keane autobiography, ghost written by 'The Commitments' author Doyle, caught the imagination in both footballing and literary circles.

Doyle -- an avid Chelsea fan and prominent chronicler of Dublin life -- will sit down with the new Ireland assistant manager to thrash out details of 'The Second Half' in the coming months.

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".

Keane's first biography was published in 2002, ghost-written by Eamon Dunphy.

The decision to write another book may surprise fans, given Keane's barbed comments about his former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson -- "I don't know how many books he's written now".

Ferguson offered a no-holds barred account of Keane's acrimonious departure from Manchester United in his own book last year. Keane (42) in turn, was scathing about his former manager.

It remains to be seen how much Keane will be willing to reveal about his side of the row when he writes with Doyle.

But Ireland's new assistant manager issued a brief statement, saying he was looking forward to the experience of writing an updated biography.

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

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, Manchester United 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.

Publishers Orion are anticipating that 'The Second Half' will become one of the bestselling sports books of the year.

Publisher Alan Samson said: "I believe it will become a benchmark for sports autobiography."

News of the book comes as it also emerged that a film will be made about Keane's early years.

Directed by Dave Tynan, this will focus on how the young Rockmount and Cobh Ramblers player emerged as one of the dominant footballers of his generation. A huge scramble is already under way in Cork among youngsters for the honour of playing 'Roy the Boy'.

Irish Independent

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