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Keane: The Autobiography

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,123 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
A publishing phenomenon in hardcover, Roy Keane's autobiography was the biggest selling sports book of the year. Now in paperback it includes a new chapter covering Keane's vindication by the FAI report, and the punishment meted out by the FA and Mick McCarthy's resignation. Brilliantly reviewed, Roy Keane's riveting, brutally honest autobiography has the potential to be o ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published August 30th 2002 by Michael Joseph Ltd
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George Bradford
Mar 08, 2009 George Bradford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heroes, ireland
I thoroughly enjoyed this enthralling, frank and hilarious book. Readers not familiar with British colloquialisms and English football culture may find this story difficult to follow. But readers interested in what constitutes the heart of a champion will find Keane The Autobiography both rewarding and indispensable.

Here is the story of a poor Irish footballer from Cork who was too small, too slow and so utterly lacking in fundamental skills that by age 18 he was relegated to a ‘has been’ in org
Caleb Cherrie
May 04, 2013 Caleb Cherrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I decide to read this book?
I decided to read this book because on the bingo board I needed to read a dairy, autobiography or biography because of this I wanted to read this book because Roy played soccer and I really enjoy this sport. Aswell as he played for Manchester United which is the team I support in the English Premier Leauge.

Which category on the bingo board this book completes?
The category that this book completes is dairy, autobiography or biography. I found this book interesti
Jan 20, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this is an above average book. It is a very motivational book because of the type of person Keane is. The book is also very good because it tells events honestly even if it makes the author look bad. However, you do have to enjoy the game of soccer considering the book is about a former soccer player and the events of his life as a soccer player. I would rate the book four out of five because it is very inspirational, honest, but it is written for a special audience.
Pete daPixie
Oct 24, 2011 Pete daPixie rated it it was ok
Shelves: footie, autobiogs
Another book that came at me from a car boot sale. For me, it promised lots of inside info into the world of modern professional football. The enigmatic Mr Clough at Nottingham. The Ferguson regime at Old Trafford along with some juicy details of the famous dressing room hairdryer. Also
that World Cup upset between R.K. and Mick McCarthy.
Sure enough, this autobiography recounts Keane's career through the 1990's and published in 2002
tells of his World Cup walkout from the Republic of Ireland squad
Paul Wally
Its not bad, but the arrogance is over the top, its what you take away from the book and why its 2 star not 3... Yep, he has a right to be arrogant, one of the best footballers of all time... but the remarks about Sheringham, Schmeichel and even Cantona feels like petulant whining. As with many modern footballers books, it lacks event, you feel they don't really have a life outside football to live!!! Want to read a footballers book? Try Paul McGrath - Back from the Brink... Great read.
Feb 08, 2010 Paolo rated it liked it
A very good read - we're given alot of information about the young life of Roy Keane that established him as the footballing superstar he became. Roy is a no-nonsense type of guy on and off the pitch. He stands up for what he believes and has the ability to tell it like it is, so for me this book was refreshing. We get some great insights behind the scenes at Man United and International duty, including Roy's side of the 2002 Saipan fiasco.

Like Roy, I'm the type of person who suffers with a shor
Katie Walker
Nov 25, 2007 Katie Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football Fans
A really well written book which honestly recounts Kean's life in football. I am not a fan of either Manchester United or Roy Kean, however have a strong respect for him having read the book. I'm sure there was a ghost writer involved, however you do feel that it is Roy's story in his own words. I especially liked the fact that whilst he explained he never tried to excuse, refreshingly honest!
Michael Madden
Apr 27, 2012 Michael Madden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
I must admit that Roy Keane is a hero of mine so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I wasn't disappointed as Roy took me on a "warts and all" journey through his childhood, his personal life and his controversial footballing career. Not at all sycophantic as many of these sports bios can be, instead this is just like Keano was on the field. What you see is what you get.
Jun 27, 2012 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A far more simplistic writing style than Sir Alex Ferguson's book, but a good, well written book nonetheless. Keane's honesty gets to the point of almost being uncomfortable at times, but that's what makes it so good. He's not afraid to tell his story the way it is and not afraid of portraying himself in a bad light, which takes guts.
janghir Chowdhury
Like the story of the plane journeys with Irish FA being in first class and the rest of the players in economy. Its like a modern day George Orwell saga, and also the bit where dear Roy tried to operate on Alf Inge Harlaand's knees during a match at old Trafford with his studs and without anaesthetic.
Aug 15, 2014 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars.

It is clear that sugar-coating is a word absent from the vocabulary of Roy Keane. As I had expected just by judging from the reviews on the front and back cover, Keane does not hold back in his brutally honest assessments - not only of other people, but himself too. I found this book to be a fascinating account of Manchester United in the 1990s and early 2000s - right at the peak of their powers. It was also interesting to read about Keane's early days becoming a professional footballer
Interesting & well worth 99p at the charity shop!
Mostly it's interesting how much he was drinking and eating kebabs well into the 90s. I had assumed the Wenger revolution of special diets and no alcohol had come into play much earlier than it clearly did.
Apr 16, 2008 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football
A great player & always interesting as to what he has to say for himself, particularly after the world cup saipan fiasco. Pulls no punches when criticising players, mangers or media pundits.. Good read & another must read for all soccer lovers.
Anthony Murphy
Sep 07, 2014 Anthony Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I have ever read about a sportsman.

Roy Keane had (and I'm sure still has) a pathological thirst for victory. This book explains graphically, without fear or favour his competitive desire and he also talks with a candour that was and is ill advised for a sporting figure, who was still practising his craft at the summit of his profession (refreshing though it was).

A polarising figure, Keane is the kind of person who if he was on your side, you would love and if he wasn't, despise. T
Jonny Dolan
Jan 18, 2012 Jonny Dolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read into the mind of a complicated but brilliant footballer. Being a perfectionist often got in the way of his personal relationships but it made him one of the greatest ever Manchester United players.
Kyle Lewis
May 28, 2012 Kyle Lewis rated it really liked it
Hate Manchester Unites & hate parts of Keane's personality, and things he did in his career, but he is a footballing great, in my opinion a genius; reading his autobiography was a pleasure and I was gripped!
Oct 11, 2011 TheDenizen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
It's pretty funny hearing Keane describe the shambles of Ireland's World Cup adventure, and trying to justify hobbling Alfie Haaland, but a whole bunch of this book was very drab stuff indeed.
Apr 16, 2007 heidipj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I read this book on recommendation from football head Gary in Brisbane before I even knew who Roy was. It got me interested in football. Got me really interested in Roy! He rocks!
Andrew Ives
Apr 02, 2016 Andrew Ives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
During his time, Roy may not have been my favourite player in all the world, but he was never boring. Unlike with many celebrity autobiographies, he has actually gone up in my estimation after reading his. This book is everything you could hope for, from a footballer, on and off-pitch, with sizeable sections regarding his ups and downs from his early days in Ireland, Nottingham Forest, success with Manchester United and walking out of the Eire team at the World Cup. Throughout, the text comes ac ...more
Alex de G
Dec 29, 2011 Alex de G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable read - interesting to see many of these popular events from Roy's perspectives. Nice, easy reading. This is how sporting autobiographies should be written!
Aug 30, 2009 Moominboy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
90% football talk, 10% personal stuff. Not a ground-breaking literary achievement, but it is just the thing I expected and wanted from a football biography.
Karen Scott
Feb 01, 2012 Karen Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
A must for any hardcore Manchester United supporter. I wonder if he now regrets mentioning the Alf-Inge Håland incident? A true Manchester United legend...
Jul 27, 2011 Jono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Reveals why he is the way he is and also that he is prepared to stand by his beliefs in the face of anything and anyone. A legend.
Jeb Buffington
Feb 15, 2010 Jeb Buffington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, soccer
One of the great Manchester United captains of all time. If you read this, be prepared for an unapologetic bad@55. There is a lot of swearing.
Pavandeep Singh
Not a bad book for fans of the football of that era, lots of details. I've not been keeping up recently, but I remember that time well.
Aug 03, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to harken back to my happy childhood but all I seem to remember is that winter was colder and lasted forever.
Jun 02, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brutal honesty from keano and recognising his own faults (temper) make this book an interesting and riveting read much enjoyed!
Dec 11, 2010 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good to find out what was going on inside his head at the time of several memoral career moments
Mithun Kalaga
Dec 02, 2012 Mithun Kalaga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazingly honest piece by a player renowned for his straight-forward manner on and off the pitch...
Chris Jones
- Engrossing
- 90% about football. Which is what I want from a footballers memoir :)
- Fascinating chapters on the Ireland set up under Charlton and McCarthy

- Feel he held back a lot on the club stuff. Understandable as he was still a key player at Man Utd. He also worships Fergie throughout the book. Even calls loyalty one of his strongest traits. Now says he's the most disloyal person he's ever met.

Keane has a new autobiography out soon which I'm sure will be less complim
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Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971 in Mayfield, Cork) is a retired Irish footballer and the manager of English Championship club Ipswich Town.

In a highly successful 18-year career, he played for Cobh Ramblers in the League of Ireland, Nottingham Forest and, most notably, Manchester United (both in England), before ending his career with a brief spell at Celtic in Scotland.

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