By 90Min
November 02, 2017

Many of us have heard the story about the time former Sunderland manager Roy Keane attempted to sign Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage.

It is a story Keane told in his 2014 autobiography The Second Half. So it goes that in 2007, Roy Keane was interested in signing an ageing Robbie Savage from Blackburn Rovers to help bolster his Sunderland team and add a big name to his dressing room.

Keane got the go-ahead to call Savage from then-Blackburn manager Mark Hughes. However, the Sunderland boss changed his mind when he got through to Savage's voicemail. 

This time, Savage himself retold the story on BBC Radio 5 Live:

"Whazzup!" Keane was supposedly so put off by Savage's voicemail message that he stopped pursuing the midfielder all together.

Savage instead moved to Paul Jewell's Derby County in January 2008. Meanwhile, Keane instead opted for a policy for signing former Manchester United players. The likes of Phil Bardsley, Kieran Richardson, and Danny Higginbotham were all brought in to help improve Sunderland's squad.

Savage added that he has recently bumped into Roy Keane at an airport. Both former players were off on holiday with their families and Savage decided to confront Keane about the voicemail fiasco.

Savage approached and said to Keane: "Hi mate. You should have signed me. I was a great lad!" Keane, who was going to the United States for a family holiday, replied; "I'll be thinking about that all the time in New York."

What could have been for Robbie Savage.

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