The former Derby County midfielder has revealed how he could have played under Manchester United legend Roy Keane had it not been for a tongue-in-cheek voicemail.
Robbie Savage has revealed he once saw a potential move to Sunderland scuppered by his own responder while the Black Cats were under manager Roy Keane.
The former Blackburn Rovers and Derby County midfielder has already attracted interest from Sunderland during Keane’s reign at the Stadium of Light.
However, a deal failed to materialize due to one of the most bizarre reasons in Premier League transfer history, as revealed by Savage himself in his recent column for Mirror Football.
“You don’t do a lot of major transfer deals in January. Most of the big business is done in the summer when clubs have more time to rebuild or refine their squads,” Savage wrote when discussing the transfer window. of January.
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“Obviously I was an exception to that rule when I joined Derby County in 2008 (just kidding).
“But on a more serious note, you might remember Roy Keane – then Sunderland manager – deciding not to try to sign me when he heard my ‘Wassup?’ message on my voicemail.
“Taking nothing away from anyone at Pride Park, but if I had the choice to play for Keane, I would have signed for him in a heartbeat because of his personality and reputation as a winner.”
The Wales international has previously discussed the saga, revealing Keane’s call came at a time when he had no phone reception.
“I was leaving Blackburn to join Derby or Sunderland, the price was agreed with the two clubs and I was at my agent’s where there was no reception.
“I was supposed to meet Roy Keane at the Marriot in Worsley and then from there meet Paul Jewell at Derby.
“Wages were about the same, both teams were in the Premier League and my heart said I wanted to go and play for Roy Keane at Sunderland.”
Savage then pointed out where the deal fell apart.
“Time passed without a phone call, so I thought he must not want to sign me and went straight to Derby.
“Until Roy Keane’s book came out I never found out why he didn’t sign me and that was when the Budweiser commercials were on TV.
“I was one of the guys, ‘Hi it’s Robbie – WASSUP’ was the message, he must have heard it and obviously in his book his words were ‘I’m not signing this.’
Keane’s version of events supports Savage’s explanation, the Irishman writing in his autobiography: “Sparky [Mark Hughes] gave me permission to call him. So I got Robbie’s cell number and called him.
“It went on his voicemail, ‘Hi it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad.
“I never called him back. I was like, ‘I can’t sign this’.”
Savage was a regular fixture in a Derby County side that would go on to set the most unwanted record in Premier League history.
This season’s Rams side are recorded as the worst side in Premier League history, picking up just eleven points from 38 games and winning only once in the process.