Memoir by one of the greatest of modern footballers, and former captain of Manchester United and Ireland, Roy Keane co written in a unique collaboration with Man Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle.In an eighteen year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough , Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midMemoir by one of the greatest of modern footballers, and former captain of Manchester United and Ireland, Roy Keane co written in a unique collaboration with Man Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle.In an eighteen year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough , Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005 Playing at an international level for nearly all his career, he represented the Republic of Ireland for over fourteen years, mainly as team captain, until an incident with national coach Mick McCarthy resulted in Keane s walk out from the 2002 World Cup Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and has become a highly respected television pundit.As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has had a life like no other His status as one of football s greatest stars is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the pitch How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as a former Manchester United and Ireland leader and champion, reinventing himself as a manager and then a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed In a stunning collaboration with Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle, THE SECOND HALF blends anecdote and reflection in Roy Keane s inimitable voice The result is an unforgettable personal odyssey which fearlessly challenges the meaning of success.
I didn't expect to like this book and I certainly didn't expect to like Roy Keane after reading it. I was surprised on both counts. The opening is crude and nasty - it cemented the picture I already had of him as a foul mouthed, bad tempered bully. He recounted the incident with Alf Inga Haaland, where a bad tackle he made finished the Leeds player's career. I thought, yeah, just what I expected. But thereafter, as he talked about his football career as player, manager and (for a short period) a [...]
I think before I review this I need to indicate a certain bias. Before financial circumstances dictated otherwise, I was the very proud owner of a season ticket on the Stretford End in Old Trafford. I felt privileged every time I saw Roy Keane play, and I'll openly admit that I worshipped the ground on which he walkedis book describes the latter stages of Keane's playing days at Manchester United. It picks up more or less where the first part (a dreadfully written tome incidentally) concluded. t [...]
Really enjoyed this. Keane comes across as a complex man, embarrassed by success and what it brings yet always driven to succeed. He expects the best from himself and everyone around him. Some interesting thoughts about being a football manager too!
Неочаквано за мен харесах книгата и харесах човека Рой Кийн, който винаги ми е бил противоречива личност!
"Reading Keano's memoir was like seeing through his mind and heart. Very candid."After reading a few autobiographies of players and staff associated with Manchester United, certainly the biggest premiership club in past two decades, now in turmoil, Roy Keane's The Second Half is one of the most honest and straightforward memoir I have ever read. For me and some might agree, keeping apart his big-mouth quality which I consider his trait as a part of being a leader, was not a "top, top player". Hi [...]
As a Sunderland fan this book appealed to me more than the first as it documented his stint as our manager. It certainly didn't disappoint.Had Ellis Short not taken over from the Drumaville Consortium would Keane have stuck with Sunderland? Probably not, but the book does leave you wondering 'what if'.Well worth a read if you're interested in Keane's post-playing career.
Early on, this book presents a mind-bending ontological puzzle regarding reality and perception. The book starts with Keane being hauled in front of a disciplinary board as a result of inflammatory comments in his former book, Keane. Of course though, Keane didn't write his last book, and he hasn't written this one either: this time he is channelled by Roddy Doyle, whereas the first was written by Eamon Dunphy. So what follows is a passage where Keane (via Doyle) explains how the words in Keane [...]
Roy Keane's second autobiography charting the end of his Manchester United career, his playing career and his time as a manager, coach and pundit. As sports biographies go this wasn't too bad. We get an insight into Keane's take on how he left Man Utd and the relationship with Alex Ferguson broke down. At first I thought this was the whole reason the book existed but luckily, unlike Ferguson's second book this actually charted his life instead of dedicating chapters to individual people or event [...]
Intanto la copertina è bellissima, perché è bellissima la faccia di Roy Keane. Però sono rimasto un po' deluso, ecco, chissà cosa mi aspettavo Le premesse c'erano tutte: sono capitato nel sito di Guanda e tra le novità cosa mi trovo? Il faccione di Roy Keane. La sua biografia. Scritta da Roddy Doyle! Non avrei potuto immaginare niente di meglio se non, che so, la vita di Paul Gascoigne scritta da Irvine Welsh o quella di Gigi Riva narrata da Sergio Atzeni. Ma questi restano sogni irrealizz [...]
Perhaps the most absorbing book I have read recently. Keano doesn't bullshit, he doesn't fuck around, he doesn't make excuses. He gives an honest account of what happened and the reason it happened. If he was to blame, he accepts it. But he doesn't pander to anyone or sensationalize any event. But the controversies are not even the most gripping part of the book. His account of his managerial career at Sunderland and his post football career is. I have never read a book which provides this much [...]
As a non-football fan who knows nothing about Roy Keane, I really enjoyed this book. The co-authoring by the brilliant Roddy Doyle no doubt helped. He came across as very honest and self-aware. I would quite like to read the perspectives of Roy Keane's colleagues on some of the situations described in this book.
I enjoyed this easy read, another sporting biography but it wasn't the best I had ever written. Some interesting stories but you probably have already heard them in the previews to this book. For me it was too much we played this match and then we played this match etc. etc. OK read but I thought it would be better after all the hype.
All the tasty bits were serialised in the newspaper so it felt flat and like most biography's the writing goes off on tangents but its an enjoyable read about one of footballs most divisive players/managers/coaches ever for a football fan its a must read.
quite enjoyed reading this, but it was a bit too rambly and repetitive for my liking.
bio of the latter part of his playing career and early management in parts sounds quite bitter about choices or about people but he is being open which I liked
Like the man himself, I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. The content was interesting, and Roddy Doyle really made it into a good book, as opposed to a decent compilation of stories.I doubt I would like him as an opposition player, and he does come across as very petty, however I do like the fact that Keane was willing to stand up to Ferguson, in contrast to most of those in football. He is very keen to praise Ferguson as a football manager, but not as a person, which seems quite d [...]
Perhaps not as easy to read as the Fergie autobiography I recently finished, Keane's offering is immeasurably more interesting. You get much more of a feel for the people, the decisions, and the whats and whys behind the beautiful game.It felt infinitely more human, too. Less "I did this because this" and more "for fuck sake why am I wearing blue?!" This has all the insight and personality deficient in Sir Alex's offering.
It was great to read more into the man that is Roy Keane. To find out about his side of the story with the ending of his United career and the end of his footballing days, then moving into management. He's had his ups and downs but he keeps on putting in 100%. I felt like Roddy Doyle maybe repeated some of the quotes a few too many times but a part from that it was a great read
Probably because I haven't read what would be the first book (chronologically), it was a little hard to really get into this one. Otherwise really appreciate the authentic tone of voice that is typical for Roy Keane.
Good readExcellent read from start to finish great insight into inner workings of football coaching management and punditry - he is also a cent
I went into this book with high expectations. It was, after all, a book about my childhood hero (Keane), co-written and composed by a Booker prize winner (Doyle). How could it possibly disappoint? Well, it did, and on reflection, the blame lies with the author more than the subject matter. For that, we first need to talk about the subject matter. Roy Keane is a retired Irish footballer and a Manchester United legend. This is his second book. The first one, a ghost-written autobiography, came out [...]
RE: The iconic number:The captaincy is important, but squad numbers can have an importance, too. At United, '7' was the iconic number. When Eric Cantona left there was debate about who was going to be the next captain. I was quite relaxed about it. But there was his number, too – '7'. Bryan Robson had had it before Cantona and, of course, it went back to Georgie Best. The manager pulled me into his office and said that he wanted me to wear the '7'.I said, 'No, I’m not bothered.'And he said, [...]
The incendiary image of a remorseless Roy Keane, hovering over, and abusing a seriously injured Alfie Haland (the injury in itself courtesy, a Keane tackle) not only left a bitter taste in the mouths of millions of football fans across the globe, but also had the undesirable effect of casting the former Manchester United midfielder and Irish Captain in an absolutely fiendish light.A footballer with a short fuse, pugnacious style and a never-say-die attitude, Roy Keane was the bedrock of the Manc [...]
Roy Keane’s second book, The Second Half, is a authentic take on the latter part of the former Manchester United captain’s career that saw him leave Manchester United, play for Celtic before two spells in management. The book is written nicely by Roddy Doyle and unlike Keane’s first book released in 2002, it’s noted in a style that has a nice rhythm and more Roy’s words whereas Eamon Dunphy, who helped Keane write the first book, has an element of sensationalism which Keane notes in th [...]
Perhaps the most interesting book released in UK on the fall of 2014. Roy Keane is one of the mist representative and successful Manchester United players. I think of Roy Keane as one of the best red legends who lead to the lucky but glorious truth against Bayern Munich back in 1999 in the champions league final. captain for more than 12 years, this great this great player is an example of what it takes to be a leader. Even though Roy Keane has been linked with many awful accusations, he has dem [...]
1. I decided to read this book because my Grandad bought it for me and i knew who Roy Keane was as he was a famous footballer for Man United. The book is Roy Keane's autobiography.2. The character i found interesting was Roy Keane because seemed to lose his temper a lot when things didn't seem to go well for him. Another interesting thing about him was that he always played for his team and not for himself like when he tore his hamstring during a match and he decided to keep on playing because h [...]
Didn't enjoy this as much as I expected to, felt the book jumped about a lot, one minute hes talking about Sunderlandhe then gets sidetracked and talks about another story before coming back to his original story. I like Roy Keane as a pundit but reading his book he comes across as an aloof character who maybe has good intentions at times but ultimately ends up screwing up (prime example in his book when he slaughters Craig Gordon for losing a goal from 30 yards and then offers players the oppor [...]
As a huge Manchester United supporter, I was very much looking forward to seeing deeper into the mind of a United legend.What I saw though was most unpleasant. Roy Keane is clearly a man whose arrogance massively outweighs his intelligence. Instead of getting a view of the other side of several controversial stories which pepper his career, it is laid bare that he acts impulsively and expects forgiveness.Mistaking himself for a martyr, his irrational behaviour would only embarass him - if indeed [...]
Nie ukrywam , że Roy Keane to jeden z idoli mojej młodości i były gracz mojego ukochanego klubu Manchesteru United i stąd właśnie gwiazdka plus przy ocenie tej pozycji. Mimo tego, że książka jest napisana z osobistej perspektywy Roya Keane'a co jest bardzo ważne w przypadku tego rodzaju opracowań, to jednak spodziewałem się czegoś lepszego. Z sentymentem zanurzyłem się we wspomnieniach z czasu jego kariery w Manchesterze. Z ciekawością poznawałem jego losy jako trenera, jedna [...]
Surprisingly enjoyed this read. Even with Roddy Doyle handling the editing and writing Keane rambles and spins off at tangents with the reader sometimes left wondering "well what happened to that scenario you were describing previously". However if you go with the flow, are into football, Man U and possibly management style there is something of enjoyment in Keane's story of ending his days as highly successful footballer, entering management arena and then learning how to survive in a whole new [...]