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Keano on his new book with Roddy Doyle: 'I didn't realise how much I had to say'

The former United skipper says his hands were tied for the first one.

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IRELAND ASSISTANT MANAGER Roy Keane says he’s surprised at how much he has to get off his chest when he meets up with Roddy Doyle.

The writer best known for penning the likes of The Snapper and The Commitments is currently working on the former Manchester United skipper’s second autobiography.

“Strangely enough it wasn’t on my agenda,” Keane told an audience at the launch of Cork City’s Patron Scheme last night.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen, as usual.  I had plenty of offers over the last few years but I had no interest, then I felt like it had been two minutes since I did my last book [with Eamon Dunphy].

“But obviously when I did the last book I was 32, it was before the World Cup, before I left United, Celtic, Ipswich and Sunderland. And eventually I met Roddy in Dublin a good few months ago to discuss the potential of the book. I enjoyed his company, we had a good chat and I felt he was a good guy for a Chelsea fan.

“He’s clever. I didn’t realise how much I had to say. I think he mentioned that over the course of the few months we need maybe 80 or 90,000 words – I think we got that in the first few hours. Roddy’s under pressure to cut it down. But no I’m meeting him this Friday, I meet him regularly. I like his company, which helps. 

“There was nothing wrong with the last book but I was a player and under the FA you’re hands are tied a little bit.”

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