I don't think it's anything to do with money. Hard to know obviously as I would have thought no ex Premiership players would suffer financial issues but they're beginning to surface in recent times. I am talking about the players who were getting the money when the tv money exploded. He's still being paid well, he made a fortune previously and he's not divorced! Doesn't seem to have gambling or drinking problems but he does have 5 kids so maybe that's it.
I think it's to do with answering things that have been said about him over the years and in particular Ferguson. What is coming across from the book it seems is that he is a seriously complicated character. He's definitely changed as a person since he retired and you can see him starting to accept mistakes he made. The way he left Utd and in particular Saipan. Everyone knew at the time he'd regret it. That he was throwing away his last chance of a World Cup. A World Cup he pretty much single-handedly got the team to. Yet he was adamant he was doing the right thing for a long time after. He now accepts he was wrong and made a huge mistake. A mistake that cost him.
And that's where you start to see the insights into his character. He talks about getting himself into great positions and then completely f*cking it up. There is an Irish trait there. In that you can't be seen to be getting above yourself. He talks about tormenting himself with that sort of thinking. Going to buy a new car and then thinking who the f*ck was him buying the flash new car. So he just wouldn't do it. You compare him to other players in the team, who weren't as good, who weren't the captain and who weren't paid what he was paid. Yet they could have a fleet of cars and have a level of confidence far above what they should ever have. Yet he never could. He'd be getting above himself.
There's also been a flood of different journalists coming out too with their experiences of dealing with him. And so far, none of them have been really dismissive or derogatory of him. Well from what I have read. It's not that they agree with what he says. Like everyone, they agree with parts, disagree with other parts. They just all seem to follow the same line that he was an odd character. Where you had to deal with him on his own terms or he wouldn't deal with you at all. There was a time and a place to talk to him and you couldn't go outside of that. I've heard accounts of him refusing to talk to particular journalists because he was in the middle of some preparation and telling them off because of that. But 5 minutes later saying he was ready to talk to them. Stories of giving out to fans for asking for autographs and pictures because of the way they went about it or something like that and then posing with them a couple of minutes later. Also that he would give journalists his number but tell them he would be changing it in a few weeks. So definitely odd but if you worked within that he was actually alright.
Some apparent funny parts too. A lot of teams like to have certain music jeering them up before games. The Irish squad would have rebel songs blaring in the background. Got them into the zone. All clubs tend to have something. Whereas one of the times he was at Sunderland, the players had Abba Dancing Queen going. Keane was completely dismayed.