Ireland duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in awe of Roy Keane

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane inspires Irish youngsters

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Everton pair Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are looking forward to learning from new Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane.

Keane, who took up his post as assistant to new Ireland manager Martin O'Neill on Monday, has already impressed the duo during training ahead of Friday's friendly against Latvia in Dublin.

Coleman told the Everton website: "Every single player has massive respect for him and we can learn from him.

"I haven't seen that [scary] side of him yet and hopefully I'll never be on the receiving end.

"I think everyone is excited. Everyone knows about Roy who was a fantastic player and someone we can all learn from, and Martin has been a fantastic manager so it's a brilliant appointment for Ireland.

"But in every job, with the assistant manager and manager, you have to have some kind of fear and respect for them, and we are no different.

"It's up to us now on the pitch to impress them."

McCarthy: Relishing Keane link-up

McCarthy, who plays in a similar midfield role to Keane, is also delighted to be working alongside and picking up tips from the Irish legend.

"He's a massive influence. We've only been together here a couple of days but he's given us tips here and there. I'll pick up as many things as I can from him.

"The little things he does are important. In yesterday's training, we had 11-a-side game and he was talking to me. Making a run here, get on the ball - just advising that type of stuff. Every little helps."