Thursday 12 December 2019

Roy Keane has brought something special to Aston Villa - Joe Cole

Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane hugs manager Paul Lambert (partially obscured) during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United
Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane hugs manager Paul Lambert (partially obscured) during their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United
Aston Villa's assistant manager Roy Keane during the Barclays Premier League match at The Britannia Stadium

Paul Lambert signed a new contract extension but Roy Keane's influence on Aston Villa since his summer arrival can't be underestimated, according to Joe Cole.

Keane has brought an authority to Villa, sharing training duties with Lambert and regularly holding one-on-ones with players to give them advice.

He is frequently on the road scouting opponents in his duel role as the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager and has raised standards both on and off the field.

Aston Villa showed huge resilience in their 1-0 defeat of Liverpool at Anfield and currently sit second in the Premier League with 10 points from four games.

 As Joe Cole says, the 43-year-old possesses an aura which has raised the club’s stature at the perfect time.

“When he talks, people listen. I don’t know what it was like last year here but everyone I speak to around the place says how good the atmosphere is here now,” he said.

“The credit has got to go to the manager and to Roy for it because you always get led by your manager and your coaches.

“I just think from the football point of view it’s great for the club. Roy’s got a massive aura about him and the club needed that, needed something special. The last years have been a bit tricky and now someone like him has come into the club its about stature again.”

Lambert seems to have been also rejuvenated by the arrival of the Corkman and his canny acquisitions in the transfer window and the fact that he kept everyone happy, considering the club is up for sale, is admirable.

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