Roy Keane's love affair with Manchester United came to an abrupt end on 18 November 2005 when he was unceremoniously kicked out of the club. The controversial Irishman had spent twelve and a half years under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning seven Premiership titles, four FA Cups and the European Cup during that time, and the United manager would proudly boast that Keane was his best-ever buy. How, then, did the star player and his star manager end up parting in this way, and who is the real Roy Keane? This is the first new book on Keane in four years and, with the help of those who know him best, Frank Worrall builds up an illuminating picture of what makes Keane tick. He probes the inner demons that bedevil this complex man, exploring his early days in the tough Northside of Cork, through his learning period with Brian Clough and on to his golden era at Manchester United. The author also puts Keane's move to Celtic in Glasgow under the microscope, questioning whether Keane can work with Gordon Strachan, given the combustible nature of both men. Will the relationship end in tears, and what of Keane's future beyond playing?
This is a revealing and engrossing book on a story that is far from over.
Frank Worrall is a journalist who writes regularly for the Sunday Times and The Sun, and who has previously written for the Mail on Sunday.