Keane happy after hectic week
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland boss Roy Keane is glad to have settled down after a busy start.
Roy Keane is looking forward to Sunderland's trip to Derby following a hectic start to his managerial career.
The Irishman chose not to ease gently into his new job after being appointed as Black Cats boss late last month, as he made six deadline day signings.
He has also been busy getting to know the squad he inherited, and admits that the whole experience has been too frenetic to enjoy.
"It's been too busy to enjoy it, certainly a hectic week," he told the club's official website.
"It has settled down in the last few days and I've enjoyed it in terms of being on the training pitch.
"The new players have settled in with the other lads and I'm pleased with the way it has gone.
"It's a challenge for me, I'm a new manager and I'm really looking forward to it (the Derby game)."
David Connolly, one of those brought in by Keane, is confident that Sunderland will recover from their shaky start to the season.
"It is a marathon, not a sprint. I remember at West Ham, we lost to Crystal Palace in the play-off final and they were near the bottom up until Christmas and put on a tremendous run," he said.
"We are still in September, so there is a long, long way to go. It has been done before by teams who were in a lot worse position.
"We are only seven points off second, so that is two wins and a draw."
Connolly feels that Keane's influence will be key, and he expects the new manager to bring his famed passion and will to win to the role.
"The standards he set for himself and his team-mates when he was playing, I am sure he will expect those same standards of his own team. You can be sure of that."
Midfielder Graham Kavanagh, who also played alongside Keane at international level, conceded that it was an odd feeling to have him as manager.
"He's now the gaffer. We spoke to him on Monday morning for the first time face-to-face, and it was a bit strange, calling him `Gaffer'," he remarked.
"But that's just the way it is. He has got his training coat on now, he is out on the training pitch and he is the gaffer. He is giving out the orders, and that is fine.
"He has got a huge amount of knowledge that he wants to pass on and he wants things done properly.
"I can learn a lot from him and certainly feel like within this season, if we can gain some momentum behind us, we can hopefully push up this league and be challenging that top six - and hopefully, the top two."