Ireland and Everton defender Coleman eager to avoid Keane’s caustic side

Seamus Coleman insists new Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has yet to be anything other than pleasant, Sky Sports has reported, but the Everton full-back is well aware of his blunt nature and wants to avoid it.

Keane was appointed as No. 2 to Martin O’Neill as the duo replace Giovanni Trapattoni, who left the Ireland set-up after failing to deliver qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Keane has a history of plain-speaking – particularly when it comes to international matters – and Coleman is wary of provoking that facet of Keane’s personality.

I haven’t seen that side of him yet,” Coleman revealed. “Hopefully, I will never be on the receiving end.

As players, you know when you have done wrong and if I have done something wrong and a manager has a go at me, I’ll take it on the chin because I think it’s good that they have pointed out that you have made a mistake. I think it will be no different under these two managers,” the right-back added.

Coleman, 25, grew up watching Keane in his Manchester United pomp and believes having the former Sunderland and Ipswich Town manager around the squad can only be beneficial. “I think everyone will probably remember his [Champions League] game against Juventus where he got the yellow card and he dragged them through to the final,” he said.

I suppose that’s one that stands out, but nearly every game he played, he was brilliant, wasn’t he? It’s just great to have someone like that we can learn from,” Coleman concluded.

Coleman joined Everton in 2009, having previously played for Sligo Rovers. He has gone on to play more than 100 times for the Toffees, scoring eight goals, and also made a dozen appearances on loan at Blackpool in 2009-10, helping the Tangerines to promotion to the Premier League.

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