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Roy Keane: Leader by example...Still


Keane leading by example on training pitch

Simon Williams
Wednesday November 14, 2007
The Guardian

The struggle to keep Sunderland in the Premier League has persuaded the club's manager, Roy Keane, to break one of the first promises he made to himself when he arrived on Wearside 15 months ago. The Irishman had promised he would not allow himself to join any training sessions but it is a vow he has been unable to keep as he takes a more hands-on approach to getting the best out of a set of players among whom top-flight experience is lacking.

"He still shows he is great in training, he absolutely controls the whole midfield," said the midfielder Dickson Etuhu. "He likes to keep himself apart from the players and it works well, but everyone runs that bit extra when he is out there. He still runs it, still appeals for every throw-in, every foul and every yellow card. You don't really want to be in his team because, if you are, he canes you all the time. If you are playing against him, you know you're in for a hard game. I haven't seen anyone try to nail him yet - but would you?"

As a teenager at Manchester City, Etuhu used to scrutinise Keane's battles with Patrick Vieira and Keane probably saw something of the former Arsenal midfielder in the 25-year-old when he signed him for £1.5m from Norwich City in the summer. "He wants to improve me as a player," said Etuhu.

"He has told me all the attributes I have and the ones I don't have. He is the perfect guy to teach me. Obviously, as they were playing in my position at that time, I would watch the gaffer and Vieira's battles. I wanted to be educated and get tips from the top players and they don't come much better than those two. The secret is to learn from him [Keane] in training, close him down and try to get the ball. It's not easy, he just lets the ball go at the perfect time, every time."

lmao...i would be terrified if he started getting really serious....:D
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