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11:13 UK time, Wednesday, 15 August 2007

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

When it comes to newspaper coverage, former footballer Roy Keane is a rarity - a class apart. He is one of only a few people in the world who can make the front and back pages of the papers, in the broadsheets and the tabloids. But he's not like the Beckhams, filling column inches on a daily basis with dull details of haircuts and holidays. No sirree, Keane only makes it into the papers occasionally, but when he does it makes journalists dizzy with excitment.

Be it accusing Manchester United supporters of munching on prawn sandwiches rather than understanding - or caring - about what's going on on the pitch, or having a monumental slanging match with management and storming out of the World Cup, Roy does not mince his words.

This time it's the WAGS who get the Keane treatment. He's launched a triade against "weak" footballers, saying the shopping habits of their wives dictate which club they go to. If this is the case then you can see why it's such a big issue for Keane - he's the manager of Sunderland. His rant gets him into every paper and gives them scope to tackle it in their own inimitable fashion.

The Guardian weighs the pros and cons of living in London, the North East, the North West and the Midlands, including what they have to offer culturally. The Daily Mail runs the story alongside several shots of Wayne Rooney's fiancee Coleen McLoughlin partying with friends on a £15m yacht in Ibiza.

And the Sun and Telegraph? For both it would appear the ideal opportunity to plaster a page with pretty women, scantily clothed in the first and fully-clothed but with luscious flowing locks in the latter. Nope, the Sun only uses a picture of an angry Keane, while the Telegraph has no picture at all.

Such reverence is rare in both papers and highlights just how highly Keane's outburst are regarded. Or maybe they're just scared they will be on the receiving end of one, one day.

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