Roy Keane reveals why he didn’t sign Robbie Savage
Keane explains that Savage’s voicemail message put him off signing the midfielder
October 8th, 2014
Roy Keane has written a new book and it’s more explosive than his first one. The Irishman is currently assistant manager at Aston Villa and has certainly been no wallflower when it has come to his playing and managerial career.
Keane’s autobiography continues to be promoted thanks to a series of scheduled leaks and it includes the time when the then-Sunderland manager wanted to sign Robbie Savage only to hear a message which put him off.
“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.’”
Keane’s time as a Sunderland manager was also marked by a no-show from Sir Alex Ferguson when the teams met at Old Trafford.
“Ferguson never turned up. I thought that was out of order. He called me a few days later to apologise. He said he’d had to rush off after the game and he’d waited a long time for me. I told him he should have a drink with me, like he would have with any other manager, and that he hadn’t shown me or my staff proper respect.”