Aston Villa have had a better than expected opening to their season and this early solidity which sees the Villains in a mid-table position is probably something Keane himself is more focused on than the recent talk concerning his second autobiography.
Aston Villa midfielder Charles N’Zogbia has heaped praise on Roy Keane and how he is influencing Villa’s training methods in particular Speaking to the Mirror, he said the following:
“He does a lot of watching us train. Sometimes when it is not good enough he tells us we have to keep working more and harder.
“That is good for us and for the young players to have him there to make sure we focus on what we have to do.”
“Roy Keane has been playing many years at the top level in the Premier League.
“He is an elite player so you have to learn from him to ensure you perform well.”
Three defeats in a row at the hands of three of the league’s big guns, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, in recent weeks will not inspire much confidence but, despite losing three games on the trot Villa have winnable games in November as they face West Ham, QPR and Burnley before the month is out.
December could also be a strong month for the Villains as they face teams who in all likelihood will be below them by the time the Christmas trees start going up.
They play Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Leicester City and West Brom before the new year, all games in which expectations will be risen.
It is no surprise that Keane’s training routines have made an impression due to the professional approach Keane takes with every side he’s involved with but if the Villains can recapture their early season form against some of the league’s weaker opposition it will show that Keane must be improving from his time at both Sunderland and Ipswich.
Although he is still quite new to both assistant roles at Villa and with Ireland, Keane looks to be learning from his more withdrawn role and he is building up his skills to eventually become a very successful manager himself.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.