Tuesday 16 January 2018

McAteer: 'Everyone thinks Roy and me hate each other. I don't mind him'

Jason McAteer believes that Roy Keane will be a success as an assistant manager as it will allow him the opportunity to showcase his talents more than as a number one.

Keane will be busy this season in his roles as assistant manager to Irish manager Martin O’Neill and Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and his former international team-mate McAteer believes both teams will reap the benefits.

Despite a chequered history between the pair, McAteer insists he bears no ill-feeling to the Cork man and believes that he will not be fazed by both jobs.

“I don’t mind Roy,” he told Independent.ie.

“Everyone thinks we hate each other. I don’t hate anyone.”

The pundit says that the role of number two will suit Keane more, allowing his humour and man-management to improve both squads and suggested that ultra-serious exterior as a manager was “all for show”.

“There is a softer side to Roy we don’t see. He is a strong personality and assistant manager gives him the opportunity to be that character. That real character that he is.”

McAteer also believes that the two roles won’t be too much for Keane, though does understand the basis of those fears.

“It will keep him fresh,” he insisted.

“At international level you only get the lads for five or six days. At Aston Villa he will get to see Irish players on a regular basis.”

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