‘Marmite’ on the menu at Raith brunch ...

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HE once compared himself to a jar of Marmite.

Love him or loathe him, you cannot ignore Robbie Savage.

His uniqie in-your-face style as a combative player and colourful pundit sparks debate and divides opinion among football fans, and his sharp-witted posts on Twitter have attracted over a quarter of a million followers.

Well brace yourselves people, because Robbie is coming to Fife next Sunday for a fundraising brunch to help cash-strapped Raith Rovers.

The retiring skipper of Derby County will be centre-stage for an exclusive Q&A at the Gilvenbank Hotel, Glenrothes, next Sunday (May 15).

And SportsPress caught up with the provocative Welshman this week to get the low-down on his impending visit to the Kingdom.

“I’ve only recently started doing the after-dinner speaking,” Robbie said. “I’m not the type of guy to get up and just speak to a room of people, so I prefer to do it as a question and answer session. I am actually quite a shy person – you’d be quite surprised.


“I’ll answer everything that I’m asked. It will be my first dinner as an ex-footballer, which will be a bit surreal, but it will allow me to say a bit more than I normally would!”

Savage has spent most of his playing career in the spotlight through spells at Leicester, Blackburn and Birmingham but will bring down the curtain this weekend in his final match for Derby.

His attention is now turning to a flourishing media career that allows him to make his opinions heard through such outlets as Radio Five Live and Match of the Day.

Less respected

“I’m retiring while things are hot on the media side,” he said.

“I’ll be coming up for 38 by the end of next season, and while I could maybe play on for another year or two, this could be the start of 20 to 30 years in the media.

“Besides, if you start going down the leagues your opinion starts to become less and less respected. It’s a personal pride thing as well.

“No disrespect to the likes of Darlington and Dagenham & Redbridge but it’s not how I want things to end. I don’t want to play lower league football because I believe I’m better than League One or League Two.

“I wouldn’t want to fizzle out like that, and have people saying that he should have retired earlier. Playing in front of a four thousand fans every week isn’t me. I love the big crowds and the buzz.

“I played at the top level for 11 years in English and international football before coming to play in the Championship. I wouldn’t want to go any further down than that.

“The body still feels fit and fine though. I could probably still play for another 10 years in the SPL!”

Robbie’s plans for retirement are to learn to ride a motorbike and take up skiing, but his first port of call as a former footballer will be in Glenrothes next Sunday for Raith Rovers’ annual fundraising brunch.

His Raith connection started last year when he was snapped up by ACA Sports – one of the Kirkcaldy club’s main sponsors – to be their brand ambassador.

“I visited Raith Rovers last year while I was up here with ACA Sports and their players and manager were great with me,” he added. “They are now my favourite Scottish team.”

Other speakers at next Sunday’s brunch include comic Scott Glynn.

Tickets priced at £25 per head are available from the Gilvenbank Hotel, O’Connell’s and from ACA Sports. Tables of ten can also be booked for £250.