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Roy Keane downplays hard man image

Updated: Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 13:12 | Comments

Roy Keane said his role was to help Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
Roy Keane said his role was to help Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

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New Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane insists his fearsome reputation is more of a media creation than a reality.

Keane had his fair share of bust-ups with the likes of Alex Ferguson and Mick McCarthy, to name but two, and reports of his last days as Sunderland boss only enhanced the image of an uncompromising, no-nonsense and almost domineering character.

Keane delivered more straight-talking at his press conference to announce his new position.

He told one reporter it was "none of his business" whether he had taken a pay cut from his Ireland job as his duties and time would now be shared with the Premier League club.

But he addressed head on questions about how he would deal with the players on a day-to-day basis, considering some of his Black Cats squad allegedly celebrated when they heard of his departure.

"I think it is a bit unfair but it doesn't keep me awake at night," he said when questioned about his reputation.

"I suppose it is part of the image which has been built up over the years, particularly through the media - although I have had one or two incidents.

"In terms of working with the players, I've worked with lads over a long period of time without any issues but, having said that, you have to be ready to have disagreements with people, particularly if you all want the same things.

"In any good dressing room disagreements are part of the game. It is getting the balance right in terms of how far you go with it.

"Over the next few weeks I'll be getting a feel for the group and knowing what they need and don't need - a lot of it is common sense."

"You have to be ready to have disagreements with people, particularly if you all want the same things" - Roy Keane

Having already had some experience as number two to Martin O'Neill with the national team, Keane sees no reason why he will not dovetail smoothly with Villa boss Paul Lambert.

He dismissed suggestions it would be difficult for him to play second fiddle to anyone.

"I don't want to confuse you but it will be pretty straightforward - I'm here to help the manager and be someone you can trust," he added.

"Paul sees that in me and obviously Martin did.

"It is about knowing your boundaries with the manager. You give your opinion and you leave it that and the manager will make a final decision.

"I have been a manager before so I'm used to taking opinions off my staff or my scouts and then making a decision.

"There are no issues on that side of it."

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