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Roy Keane: Portrait of a Legend Paperback – 1 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844546446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844546442
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,064,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stafford Hildred is one of Britain's best-loved TV critics and writers. He has written bestselling biographies on David Jason and Jamie Oliver. Tim Ewbank has worked as a TV correspondent for several newspapers, including The Daily Mail and has covered assignments all over the world. He has written for a wide range of magazines and has collaborated with Stafford Hildred on many bestsellers including Jamie Oliver: The Biography and David Jason: The Biography. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Whilst the obvious readership for this book would be Manchester United fans -- don't be put off if you are not among the loyal legions. As a Brighton supporter -- this seemed a strange birthday present and i was tempted to pass it on to a friend.However , once i started reading i soon became hooked. This is no ordinary sports biography and gives a real insight in to the life ( an interesting life at that ) of one of the games biggest stars. Forest and United fans will obviously gain the greatest interest from this book -- but it is also full of revealing information about who actually runs the game -- from the money men to the greatest tacticians of the game. If there was one criticism it would be that there is possibly too much about his early career / life -- although the quotes from family and friends perhaps go some way to explaining the nature of Keane's aggression on the pitch. Supporters of any team will find this book hugely entertaining -- giving an insight in to the game which i have only come across before in Gary Nelson's fantastic Left Foot Forward and Left Foot In The Grave.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Smyth VINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2001
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Since his £3.75 million (the synopsis above has the figure wrong) move from Nottingham Forest to Manchester United, Roy Keane has probably been the most influential player in English football - it is Keane's extraordinary "engine" (the word comes up a lot in the interviews in the book) and ability to read the opposition that allows Manchester United to have played Paul Scholes in such a forward role). Hildred and Ewbank have written a pacey biography telling the story of Keane's rise from schoolboy football in Cork to be captain of the world's richest club side, but they never really pin down the Keane phenomenon, either in footballing terms (the growing importance of fitness and pace; Keane's switch to a deeper role than he played at Forest; the needs of European football) or in its psychological dimensions (the relationship between the competitiveness at the heart of Keane's game and his record of boiling over). Nonetheless, much food for thought, including Keane's wish to play for Celtic before he retires.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "andyc809" on 27 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
What an enjoyable biography of one of footballs most fiercesome characters. However, maybe hated by many football fans but this book proves how hard Roy Keane had to work to gain his status. Roy had many bad times and difficult times and the book is quite personal unlike many biographys. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it gives an indetail descripition of what is required to become a professional and what it is like being one, in the eyes of a world great. Roy Keane's lifestyle was never been straight forward. Fighting as a youngster in a public bus to lashing out at hero's such as Alan Shearer. Roy Keane fans or football purists this is a must read, one of the best biographys available.
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Roy Keane is noted as an attritional and hard man of football. This biography sheds some background history of the man, from his days playing and living in Cork to his final position as manager of Sunderland Football Club-The Black Cats. If there is criticisms of the book is that the last five years of his footballing and managerial career is dealt with in 20 odd pages, whilst the rest of his career takes up 250 pages, which gives the impression that there was a great desire to get the book published, or the authors lacked motivation and enthusiasm to carry. This is a pity because overall I thought it was a good football biography. It dealt with the facts and the match analysis in an interesting way, and did not get too bogged down in the trivia and minutiae of each individual game season by season. Roy Keane comes out of the biography rather well, misunderstood seems to be the overall impression of his misdemeanours and wage negotiations.
Good read.
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