Roddy Doyle has been commissioned to write Roy Keane’s memoirs, ‘The Second Half’, which will be published next autumn.

Booker prize-winning Doyle will produce a book that will combine “memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's own original voice”.

The Commitments author said: “I’m delighted to be writing this book with Roy.”

Keane’s first autobiography was published in 2002 and co-written by Eamon Dunphy and the Cork man said: “I am very happy to be working with Roddy Doyle on this book, and look forward to the experience.”

Orion publisher Alan Samson commented: “I believe The Second Half will become a benchmark for sports autobiography. The combination of an outstanding player - and leader – like Roy with a writer of Roddy’s extraordinary gifts should result in one of the books of the year.”