Jeff re­ally Keane on as­sis­tant

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - ROBBIE SAVAGE - BY PAUL O’HE­HIR

ROY KEANE has got Jeff Hen­drick’s seal of ap­proval af­ter a series of pep talks helped re­store the mid­fielder’s con­fi­dence.

As­sis­tant boss Keane may not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea and he had a spec­tac­u­lar bust-up with Harry Arter in the sum­mer.

A plas­ter has been placed over their par­tic­u­lar re­la­tion­ship but Hen­drick has noth­ing but ad­mi­ra­tion for the for­mer Ire­land and Manch­ester United cap­tain.

Hen­drick has strug­gled to scale the lofty heights he set with his im­pres­sive Euro 2016 fi­nals per­for­mances.

But he re­vealed how one-on-one chats with mid­field le­gend Keane has him in the right frame of mind to kick on.

Hen­drick said: “Af­ter the last game against Wales, there were a few clips that I didn’t do well in. So I sat down with Roy and he talked me through it, and it re­ally helped me. I tried to put what he said into prac­tice in the Poland game.

“I don’t know if it was the same with a few other play­ers or the team, but I think we per­formed bet­ter.

“I’ll keep sit­ting down with him and pick­ing his brain. He played in the same po­si­tion that I do, so it’s al­ways good to do that.

“When­ever any of the coach­ing staff sit down and go through cer­tain bits, it’s up to us to take it all on-board.

“I ex­pect a lot from my­self go­ing into games and I haven’t been happy with a lot of my per­for­mances. I’m try­ing to put that right.”

ALL SMILES Jeff Hen­drick with Roy Keane this week

CON­FI­DENCE Hen­drick faces the me­dia yes­ter­day

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