Gordon Strachan On Weird Dream Which Led To Robbie Keane Signing
Former Scotland and Coventry supervisor Gordon Strachan’s goals got here by in 1999 when he signed striker Robbie Keane for the Sky Blues as a youngster.
Keane had burst on the scene in English soccer with Wolves as an 18-year-old and had been attracting consideration from the likes of Manchester United because of his spectacular shows.
It was, nevertheless, Coventry Metropolis and Gordon Strachan who received the race for the previous Irish worldwide’s signature finally nabbing Keane for £6 million, a file charge on the time for a youngster in British soccer.
The circumstances surrounding Keane’s signing had been fairly weird nevertheless, with Strachan outlining that he was affected by sickness on the time and didn’t even imagine the information of his arrival was actual.
“I wasn’t properly, I used to be in my mattress, I actually wasn’t properly,” Strachan instructed Match of Day.
“I had one thing severely unsuitable with me on the time! I feel it was sepsis or one thing like that.
“I used to be taking all types of stuff and I awakened and mentioned to my spouse ‘Jesus I’ve simply had a dream I believed we (Coventry) signed Robbie Keane’ and she or he mentioned ‘that’s going to occur you’re going to signal him’ and I mentioned ‘properly when?’ and she or he was like ‘tomorrow’ and I mentioned ‘oh aye that’s smashing.’
“The chairman had been over, it should’ve occurred simply earlier than I received into this type of factor and I can keep in mind him saying ‘I feel we are able to signal Robbie Keane’ and I went ‘nah’ as a result of Man United and groups like that had been in for him on the time after which we signed him.
Keane solely went on to spend one season at Highfield Highway however confirmed his high quality scoring 12 objectives in 34 appearances earlier than making a giant transfer to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Strachan felt that Eire’s file goalscorer was a “great participant” and joked that he couldn’t imagine Keane opted to play with Ronaldo on the San Siro as a substitute of staying along with his Coventry Metropolis facet.
“I’ve been near Robbie since then. He was a beautiful, great participant. It was a superb dream, particularly when your goals come by!
“Sadly Robbie solely stayed with us for 11 months. He wished to go to Inter Milan and play with Ronaldo, I couldn’t imagine it.”
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