Roy Keane Collaborates with Roddy Doyle for Memoir

Roy Keane to write memoir in collaboration with Roddy Doyle



Alan Samson, Publisher Non-Fiction at the Orion Publishing Group, has bought World rights from Roy Keane (who was advised by Paul Brookes of Grant Thornton UK LLP), and John Sutton of JSM Management on behalf of Roddy Doyle, and in association with Phil Smith of First Artist Management, for an autobiography titled THE SECOND HALF which will be published in hardback by Orion in autumn 2014.

In an eighteen-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. 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 pundit for ITV. He is now the assistant manager to the Ireland team.

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, reinventing himself as a  manager and  then 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.  THE SECOND HALF blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane’s own original voice, in a stunning collaboration with Man Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, A Star Called Henry and The Guts).

Alan Samson said:  “I believe THE SECOND HALF will become a benchmark for sports autobiography. The combination of an outstanding player - and leader – like Roy with a writer of Roddy’s extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year.”

Roy Keane said: “I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book, and look forward to the experience.”

Roddy Doyle said:  “Ten years ago I was buying something in a shop in New York and I handed my credit card to the young African man behind the counter. He read ‘Bank of Ireland’ on the card, looked at me and said: ‘Ireland – Roy Keane.’ I’m delighted to be writing this book with Roy.”


Roy Keane was born in Cork in 1971, and is now a television pundit for ITV after an astonishingly successful football career as captain of Manchester United and Ireland. He is currently the assistant manager of the international Ireland team.

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958 and still lives there today. He is the author of ten acclaimed novels including The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van and most recently The Guts; two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. He won the Booker Prize in 1993 for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, and his 1991 novel The Van was a Booker Prize finalist.


by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle
Published by Orion in hardback at £20 & eBook at £9.99
September 2014

For further information please contact:
Helen Richardson, Publicity Director: or 020 7520 4449

Alan Samson, Publisher: or 020 7520 4413