Aston Villa defender praises Roy Keane's 'calming influence'

Alan Hutton Scotland

Roy Keane has rarely been described as calm, but Alan Hutton believes he has settled the dressing room.

Aston Villa made some big changes at the club this summer including behind the scenes. Paul Lambert quickly identified that he wanted Roy Keane to become his new assistant after scandal in the backroom this summer and did well to convince the Irish FA to let him job-share with his duties as assistant to the Republic of Ireland national team.

Several players in the Villa team you can see have already benefited from his presence at the club and with Lambert around there is certainly no room for error at Villa Park at the moment.

One player who has clearly benefited from some of the changes at Villa Park is Alan Hutton. The Scottish international appeared to be an outcast at the club, on his way out after loan spells with Nottingham Forest, Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers.

But he has been reintroduced into the fold this season and the 29-year-old is also back in action for Scotland, he is certainly turning things around.

In November however he will have to go up against his assistant gaffer as Scotland take on Ireland in a European Championships qualifier. And whilst speaking to the Irish Examiner this week they asked him about that game, and the influence of Roy Keane on the Villa dressing room - to which he gave an odd answer.

He told them:

“Roy has freshened things up by coming into the club with a lot of new ideas. He’s such a calming influence, which is what we need during a very tough Premier League campaign."

Of all the ways Keane has often been described 'calming influence' has never been one of them. The notoriously fiery Keane does however have a different aura around him when on the bench as opposed to what he was like out on the pitch.

Whatever it is he and Lambert are doing it appears as though it is working as Villa fly high in the Premier League at this early stage.

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