Just when we became comfortable thinking of Roy Keane as the bearded embodiment of Paul Lambert’s id, we’re reminded the former Manchester United midfielder had a life before his claret tracksuits. The man is one of the icons of the Premier League’s birth, his antics as the Red Devils’ destroyer creating a library of “must sees” on YouTube.
Today’s reminder came via a series of excepts from his latest autobiography, The Second Half. The Guardian has one of the best selections of quotes, from which there’s one standout passage – arguably the most Robbie Savage thing that Robbie’s ever Savage’d.
Here’s Keane, speaking about his time as Black Cats’ boss:
“I rang Mark Hughes. Robbie [Savage] wasn’t in the Blackburn team and I asked Mark if we could try to arrange a deal. Sparky said: ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s lost his way here but he could still do a job for you.’ Robbie’s legs were going a bit but I thought he might come up to us [at Sunderland], with his long hair, and give us a lift – the way Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] had, a big personality in the dressing room. Sparky gave me permission to give him a call. So I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be fucking signing that.’”
Living up to his own ridiculous iconography, Savage rolled with the punch:
Probably a good thing Savage never stuck with United. Keane would have ripped his tongue out.
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