'He's great for Lambert' - Villa star hails Keane influence

Aston Villa's Shay Given has praised the impact which Roy Keane has made at the club.

Shay Given says that Aston Villa's appointment of Roy Keane as assistant manager has been great for Paul Lambert.

Keane was installed at the club over the summer and he has earned high praise from within the camp for the influence that he has had so far. 

The former Manchester United player has a reputation for being fierce, but Given appears to think that he has helped out on the training ground.

"Roy has got a real presence, just like he has in the Ireland set-up,” he said to the Birmingham Mail.

“I think he’s great for Paul Lambert. He demands respect and people respect what he’s done as a player and as a manager. People want to listen to him and learn from him.”

Keane and Lambert have masterminded Villa's good form over the season, which has elevated them into the top half.

Although they have had a tough run of fixtures more recently, the side did so well over the opening few games of the campaign that they still occupy a lofty position in the table.

They will be determined to stay there now, too, after already proving a number of critics wrong.

There were concerns that Villa could face the drop this season, but they appear to be a much stronger side than that and will travel to Everton full of confidence.

A trip to Goodison Park can be a daunting prospect, but the Merseyside outfit are in poor form and Lambert's men will be looking to pile on the misery by beating them this Saturday. 

It is a game which Given hopes to be part of the squad for, after recovering quickly from an operation on his hip.

"Hopefully I’ll be back in the Villa squad for the Everton game,” he said.

“I had an operation last Monday but it was only a minor thing."

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