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Roy Keane On Why Robbie Savage Never Joined Sunderland

We salute you, Roy.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Yes, yes... Roy Keane has a new book out. It's terribly exciting and all that.

Forget his rows with Sir Alex Ferguson or his departure from Manchester United, though. Forget Saipan and even forget his gentle criticism of Ellis Short.

Because what is almost certainly the best part of the whole book (we haven't read it) is about Sunderland, and it's a reminder of just how brilliant Roy Keane is:

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 f*cking signing that."

Personally, I fully back Keane on this issue.

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