If you’re interested in football then you’ve probably heard that Roy Keane’s updated biography came out this week and has a bunch more controversial stories from his life throughout, although nothing quite as extreme as the time that Jon Snow completely grilled Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, along with all the fiery remarks there are also some more lighthearted episodes like this completely ridiculous story about Robbie Savage. Everyone knows that Savage is a bit of a twat but this story really puts into perspective how much of an idiot he is.
It’s also a great reflection of Roy Keane’s character and just why he’s regaled as one of the greatest no nonsense midfielders of his generation and kind of explains why he’s responsible for some of the worst tackles of all time, although maybe none as bad as this one that led to a Vietnamese player being banned for 28 matches.
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.’