Conor Hourihane has been speaking of the impact Roy Keane has had on his career so far.
The 27-year old is away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, where Keane is assistant to manager Martin O’Neill, having formerly been in the same role at Villa.
Hourihane reveals how he’s been influential in his career, from the very early stages right up to the present day.
“He keeps you on your toes,” Hourihane said, as reported by the Birmingham Mail. “That’ll never leave him without a doubt. He’s always in your ear, giving words of advice. If you let standards go any little bit, he’s on the case, so that’s fantastic to have as well.”
Keane has worked with the Villa midfielder on several occasions, providing advice and guidance throughout his Football League career.
“He signed me a couple of times, at Sunderland and Ipswich. He’s always been giving me words of advice along the way. He’s been first class to myself, so I’ve only got high words to speak about Roy without a doubt.”
Eire face Poland this Tuesday in a friendly match ahead of November’s huge clash with Northern Ireland.
Whatever your personal opinion on Roy Keane, he was a wonderful footballer and a player could have far worse mentors than the former United and Celtic man.
He’s cold, focused and takes no-nonsense, but he knew his way around a football field. Hourihane is one of the lucky ones, Keane clearly rates him and looks after him. It’s better to be on his right side, that is for sure!