Narrated by Stephen Hogan and introduced by Roy Keane.
In an 18-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and 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. He played at an international level for nearly all of his career, representing the Republic of Ireland over 14 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 become a notably contrarian pundit for ITV. He is assistant (to Martin O'Neill) manager of the Ireland team. The TV analyst reflects the manager, the player, and the man himself, the unique Roy Keane - Keano.
As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has lived and experienced what very few people could ever imagine. 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, reinvent himself as a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed?
This book is a personal odyssey, a blend of anecdote and reflection which re-evaluates the meaning of success. In following his personal struggle to reinvent himself, confronting a few demons along the way, The Second Half blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's original voice, in a stunning collaboration brilliantly captured with Man Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle.
©2014 Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group
A great listen, was fantastic to hear the story behind many of the situations the media may have twisted in the past. What a great character, 100% recommend people listen to this.
"Overall it was OK."
I was looking forward to reading this book. It starts of and it was fantastic I was looking forward to the next time I could listen. From the middle to the end it was up and down. I wanted to finish it but the story was kinda boring. In the second half there was a lot of talking about matches Roy had as manager at Sunderland that I felt was filler. I didn't care for this and felt it was not needed in such detail.
I finished the book and didn't hate it. I am neutral on it. I hoped for more.
"Didn't want it to end!"
I like the insight, a few things I didn't know. But most of all the honesty.
I liked listening to Roy's take on life after Manchester United. His reflections on his time at Sunderland and what he learned at Ipswich. Most of all his contentment and enjoyment as No.2 for Ireland.
I have to say I would have preferred that Roy read the whole book.
Laughed most of the time - it's a great story. I enjoyed his achievement at Sunderland.
He's simply a good bloke. Complex character, flawed like everyone. I enjoyed listening to this second part of his career and look forward to reading the next chapter in time to come as he goes onto more success in management when he moves on from his current role with Ireland.
"Narrator was hard to listen to"
I wouldn't listen to another book narrated by Stephen Hogan , Roy Keane's intro is great but as soon as Hogan takes over the book loses any edge. he ruined the book in my opinion -I had to switch it off
Roy should have read the whole book himself or else stayed out of it completely - He set a tone which Stephen Hogan couldn't follow
a really enjoyable story, it's good to hear the other non published side of events of Roy Keanes infamous incidents in Roy's honest words.
Having been a fan of Roy Keane as a player I wanted to find out what makes him tick. I found out in this book about his life after Manchester United, his spells at Sunderland, Ipswich and Celtic. A real honest tell all book, I really enjoyed it.
Funny, honest and very difficult to stop listening. I never really warmed to Roy until I read his books.
"Excellent for any football/sports fans"
Even as a Liverpool fan, loved it. I recommend any football fans to give this your time, I don't believe you will be disappointed.
interesting book focusing on his management career mainly with snipets from his playing days.good read overall
Great insight into the mind of a great footballer.
Highly recommended, as long as you don't mind the odd expletive.
"Funny and honest."
Exceptionally good book to read or listen. Very interesting. Really honest account as he talks about areas that aren't beneficial for him yet discuss.
"Frank and honest"
Wether or not you are a Utd or a Keane fan this is a brutally honest and frank account of his later years at Utd and into Management.
I thoroughly enjoyed his view of life and how things work and learnt from his black and white views.
At the end of the day he is a winner and a leader. There are plenty of messages to learn from and it is narrated and produced in an excellent way.
I thoroughly recommend this to anyone and everyone
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