Tuesday 21 November 2017

WATCH - Gordon Strachan reveals the gloriously bizarre story of how he signed Robbie Keane in 1999

Gordon Strachan with Robbie Keane in 1999
Gordon Strachan with Robbie Keane in 1999
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

When Robbie Keane agreed to join Coventry City for a British transfer record for a teenager of £6m in 1999, Gordon Strachan was glued to his pillow and suffering from a virus.

The former Sky Blues boss and Ireland's record goalscorer appeared on Goal On Sunday today and the Scotland manager revealed a funny anecdote surrounding Keane's move from Wolves.

"I had a real virus and I was in my bed for about two days, I really was in a bad way...when I got past the two days I said to Lesley (his wife), 'I had a dream that the chairman phoned me and said, 'We're going to sign Robbie Keane.'

"And she said, 'No, that's going to happen.' I went, 'Seriously?'

"That's how it came about, I had nothing to do with it really. It was just in a dream.

"It was amazing how dreams can come true."

Keane would only spend 11 months at the Ricoh Arena but Strachan was delighted with the impact the Tallaght native made during his time there.

"It was a wonderful thing for the club. More so for the players who played with Robbie, because Robbie's got an incredible talent and humility about him. He wants to please his teammates and did that from the first day, that's for sure," he added.

"He did this (tricks) to big Paul Williams on his second day, and Richard Shaw who was the centre-half was actually clapping at the time and laughing at big Willo.

"Robbie's kept that enthusiasm as a teenager all the way through his career, but still understanding that the team comes first."

Keane revealed on Soccer AM yesterday that he would snub offers from the US and Australia to join a club in the UK this week.

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