Aston Villa playmaker Charles N’Zogbia insists that Roy Keane’s intense approach has had nothing but a positive impact on the club so far.
Arriving at the club this summer as Paul Lambert’s new assistant manager, the initial reaction to the hard-nosed Irishman’s appointment was one of apprehension, after previous number two Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa were both sacked following reported allegations of bullying.
However, with the impending release of his updated autobiography putting him back in the spotlight, N’Zogbia has revealed that the Manchester United legend’s coaching style has been hugely influential in Villa’s solid start to the campaign.
‘Yes he is good. He has taken to us at training,’ the Frenchman told the Birmingham Mail.
‘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 added.
‘He is an elite player so you have to learn from him to ensure you perform well.’
After taking 10 points from their opening four Premier League games, including a shock 1-0 win at Anfield, Villa have since suffered three consecutive defeats to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, respectively, with the club sitting tenth in the table at present.
Nevertheless, the side’s performances during a difficult run of fixtures have been encouraging, leading to suggestions that a corner might have at last been turned following the past three relegation-threatened campaigns.