Roy Keane tried to woo ex-Spurs star Mido over Pizza Express – but it backfired

Former Tottenham star Mido was once wanted by Roy Keane who was in charge of Sunderland, but a lunch at Pizza Express couldn't seal the deal.

During Keane's first managerial spell, he wanted to sign Mido to lead the line at Sunderland and arranged to meet with the Egyptian. The Irishman was appointed after Sunderland were promoted back into the Premier League after winning the Championship, and wasn't happy with the options he currently had at the Stadium of Light.

So Keane took Mido for lunch in an attempt to lure him to Sunderland, after a poor season at Tottenham during the 2006/07 campaign. However, it backfired and Keane instead settled for Michael Chopra, Kenwyne Jones and veteran Andy Cole.

The story of Keane's attempt to sign Mido at Pizza Express was told on talkSport by the Egyptian, who said: My agent Mino Raiola said, ‘Mido, Roy Keane wants to have lunch with you and show you the training ground’. So I went to Newcastle airport.

"He came to pick me up in his Range Rover, we went to Sunderland and he took me to lunch to Pizza Express. I was very surprised that he didn’t talk to me much.

"Normally you get a player for lunch, you try to talk to him and try to convince him to sign for your club. But he didn’t talk much, he was just very quiet.

"I knew straight away that me and him, we could not work together, we would end up fighting. He was talking to me and looking at the ceiling. I knew straight away that it would not work."

Keane has been linked with a return to management after leaving his post at Ipswich Town in 2011, but so far the Irishman is yet to agree terms with a new club. Mido on the other hand has managed six different sides since retiring in 2013.

Sunderland may not have needed Mido in 2007, but Keane needed him further down the line. Following a poor start to the 2008/09 season, Keane resigned from his role and was later succeeded by Steve Bruce.

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