Roy Keane: Portrait of A Legend from Midfield Meastro to Championship Manager the Story of Football's Most Respected Star - Stafford Hildred & Tim EwbankJohn Blake, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Roy Keane is one of the most notorious figures in modern football. On and off the pitch he’s a huge presence -outspoken, determined, talented, respected — and wherever he goes he’s always creating fireworks. His career has seen more than its fair share of thrills and spills, with ferocious tackles, inspired leadership, bustups and brilliant goals just everyday occurrences in Roy’s world. From the early days of his growing reputation at Nottingham Forest, to his enduring brilliance as the midfield engine of the record-breaking Manchester United side under Sir Alex Ferguson, he’s kept the crowds’ and critics’ attention as perhaps the most dominant force in British football.
Throughout his fantastic career, his trademark aggression and determination on the pitch have meant that he can turn a game around in seconds. It is these same qualities, however, that have often led to him hitting the headlines. Keane has always courted controversy — his robust attitude on and off the pitch have kept him in the spotlight for much of his life in football but, as this book shows, he is also an honourable man dedicated to doing the right thing by himself and others. For his beloved Ireland, too, his presence was at turns talismanic and troubled. His dramatic exit from World Cup 2002 found him in the glare of publicity once more, sent home before Ireland had even finished training. Keane’s disputes with the Ireland manager forced him to miss the chance to captain his country in football’s greatest tournament.
Despite a season marred by a long-standing hip injury, a spell at Scottish champions Celtic in 2005-6 confirmed his desire to remain involved in the top flight of football. But for Keane, new challenges are on the horizon. Now manager of the resurgent Sunderland AFC, he^s determined as never before to make a fresh mark on the game. Famed and admired for taking no prisoners on the football pitch, he’s now set to dominate his sport at a whole new level.
This fully up-to-date book reveals all about both man and football player. It gives the inside story on the World Cup 2002 debacle, his glittering career from humble beginnings in Ireland to the unrivalled glory of captaining Manchester United, his revelations about the infamous tackle on Alf Inge Haaland and his subsequent injuries, his season at Celtic and his reuniting with fellow Ireland star Niall Quinn at Sunderland, plus the inside stories on his eventful life off the pitch. By speaking to those close to Roy, as well as members of the public who have encountered him in their everyday lives, bestselling authors Stafford Hildred and Tim Ewbank have gained amazing insights into the man in full.”