On the unlikely chance that I ever have to purchase a birthday or Christmas gift for Roy Keane, I now know that it should not be blue in colour.
In his new book 'The Second Half' which comes out on Thursday, Keane opens up on his time at Ipswich, saying that he "managed badly" at the club and that he treated some people like they were something which he had peeled off the bottom of his shoe.
He also intimates that a blue bib worn by players on his first day of training was one of the reasons why he could not feel a connection with the East Anglia side.
Our first session [at Ipswich] was open to the fans. But nobody came. My first day – you’d have thought a couple of school kids would have been dragged in by a dad or grandad. The warmth wasn’t there. Then there was the blue training kit. I don’t like fuckin’ blue. City were blue. Rangers were blue. My biggest rivals were blue. Is that childish? I couldn’t feel it – the chemistry. Me and the club. I get annoyed now, thinking that I should have been able to accept it: I was there to do a job.
Jimmy Bullard, in his book released earlier this year, told some tales from Keane's time as Ipswich manager, including what he though of tactics.
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