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Wednesday 23 August 2017

IT'S not quite a hug for everyone in the audience yet but Roy Keane is more than happy that Roddy Doyle pushed and prodded until he revealed the vulnerable human being behind the growling façade.

IT'S not quite a hug for everyone in the audience yet but Roy Keane is more than happy that Roddy Doyle pushed and prodded until he revealed the vulnerable human being behind the growling façade.

"I probably didn't want to go into it too much but give credit to Roddy. Where's Roddy? He has a lot to answer for that," said Keane smiling.

"Roddy is obviously very clever and that's why I wanted to work with him because I didn't want to go down the standard sportswriters route.

"There was some days I'd be meeting Roddy and I wouldn't be in the mood. You're probably not surprised to hear that. Roddy had a way about him, he's likeable, quite laid back, it was like a therapy session," laughed Keane.

"I should have been charging him. And if people start looking at it and saying, 'you're this and you're that' if they want to see that, no problem."

"It wasn't a case of sitting down and crying on his shoulder type thing, Jesus Christ, but I thought Roddy did a good job, he got the snippets, the good stuff, the bad stuff, that was the whole idea.

"Have I reflected more, been a bit more harsh on myself in this book? Probably so. The position I was playing in for United in the middle of the park, you have to express strength all the time and you had no weaknesses, so it's a chance for me to look back.

"There was fear. There is. I think the most natural thing in the world is to worry about contracts, injuries. When you become a manager, you're staff.

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